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When the surprising news broke Tuesday that the Los Angeles Rams had traded cornerback Marcus Peters, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell kept his cards close to the vest — and his iPhone even closer.
It wasn’t hard to do the math: With the Rams having placed one former All-Pro cornerback (Aqib Talib) on injured reserve just before dealing another (Peters) to the Baltimore Ravens, L.A.’s secondary suddenly had a serious hole. And with Jalen Ramsey, perhaps the NFL’s most talented corner, seemingly dug in on forcing his way out of Jacksonville, Caldwell figured he might be hearing from Rams general manager Les Snead.
Sure enough, Caldwell soon thereafter got a call from Snead, his friend and former Atlanta Falcons front-office colleague. Within an hour, they had worked out a blockbuster deal — approved by Jags owner Shad Khan — that sent Ramsey to L.A. for first-round picks in each of the next two drafts and a 2021 fourth-round selection.
For the Jaguars (2-4), it was the chance to move on from a distracting saga that surfaced after a sideline spat between Ramsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and coach Doug Marrone during a Sept. 15 game against the Houston Texans. Those familiar with the current organizational mindset insist that the Jags, who have struggled since reaching the 2017 AFC Championship Game, are not giving up on the season and believe they can rally in the wake of the discontented player’s departure.
For the Rams (3-3), the trade sent a clear message to the locker room that, despite Sunday’s humbling defeat to the NFC West rival San Francisc
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