The Jaguars kicked off the offseason program April 15 without Ramsay, who opted to stay away from voluntary workouts and instead continue his training in Nashville. With a deadline of May 3 to pick up the aforementioned option, it was only a matter of time before Jacksonville made the simple decision. Ramsay has back-to-back Pro-Bowl bids under his belt due to superior coverage abilities, including 44 passes defended and nine interceptions through three campaigns.
Ramsey's absence was a given unless the Jaguars signed him to a long-term contract before Monday. The 24-year-old cornerback is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie deal, but the Jaguars can maintain control through 2020 via the fifth-year option. With the franchise tag then available starting in 2021, the team has considerable leverage in contract negotiations. Ramsey theoretically can balance that out by staying away from Jaguars headquarters, though his absence wouldn't technically be a holdout until the start of mandatory minicamp June 11. It's unclear if he is seriously considering a holdout, as the tactic is rarely used until a player's fifth professional season.
Ramsey, who reportedly prefers to train at his father's training facility in Nashville, didn't show up for voluntary OTAs this past offseason. Now that he's eligible for a contract extension after accruing his third professional season, the two-time Pro Bowler seemingly has even less of an incentive to show up for voluntary workouts this time around. With that said, there's been nothing to suggest Ramsey is considering a holdout that extends past the commencement of Jacksonville's mandatory minicamp June 11.
Ramsey had 65 tackles (62 solo) and three interceptions over 16 games in 2018.
Ramsey battled knee issues for a good chunk of the season but never missed a game, and he actually was on the field for all but four of the team's 1,020 defensive snaps. The 23-year-old had 13 passes defensed, as he was once again one of the better cover corners in the NFL. Ramsey enters the final year of his rookie deal next season, but the Jaguars have the opportunity to pick up his fifth-year option for 2020 by the May 3 deadline.
Ramsey (knee) had six solo tackles and two passes defensed in Sunday's 6-0 win over Indianapolis.
Ramsey and the Jaguars defense were able to keep Andrew Luck and the Colts off the scoreboard Sunday for their first shutout of the season. The 24-year-old is still on the injury report with the knee issue, but at this point there is little indication he is in danger of missing Thursday's game at Tennessee.
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