Carolina Panthers cannot afford Jalen Ramsey
The Los Angeles Rams are making a huge call by shopping Jalen Ramsey. His production remains to an outstanding standard in all phases, so cutting the player loose is a huge risk even if the compensation might enable them to find a capable replacement via the 2023 NFL Draft.
While a ton of teams could do with Ramsey on their roster, the NFL is a business. When push comes to shove, the Carolina Panthers might not be able to afford Ramsey when one factors everything into the equation.
First, there’s the compensation. One expects the Rams would want a high-end second-rounder and perhaps more for Ramsey, which is easily doable for the Panthers following their decision to trade Christian McCaffrey before the deadline.
However, with many pressing needs and the potential of trading up for a future franchise quarterback, Ramsey might not be in their current train of thought. And the hope is for Ejiro Evero to progress Carolina’s current options far better than the previous regime.
Second, the contract Ramsey currently has doesn’t fit into a team that is currently $4.11 million over the cap according to Spotrac. Moving money around is always doable – so it cannot be ruled out entirely – and the cornerback doesn’t have any guaranteed money on his deal after the 2023 season, either.