Schefter added that Arizona does not foresee dealing for Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who requested a trade this week. But Schefter reports that the Cardinals did at least speak with the Jaguars about Ramsey’s availability.
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Jacksonville is reportedly seeking a trade package of a first-round pick plus another first-round pick or a quality starter in exchange for Ramsey, a fourth-year pro who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Additionally, a team trading for Ramsey would need to be sure he is comfortable joining them, as his trade request is reportedly about his desire to join a winning team, reports ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The Arizona Cardinals have restructured the contract of outside linebacker Chandler Jones, freeing up $4 million against the salary cap this season and adding flexibility that could allow them to make a significant roster addition.
Arizona Cardinals restructure Chandler Jones contract, free up salary-cap space for move
Ramsey is under his rookie deal through 2020. A team trading for him would likely be willing to make him the highest-paid player at his position — and soon.
The Cardinals were near the bottom of the NFL in available salary cap space, but now they’ve given themselves some breathing room.
By freeing up $4 million this season, the Cardinals will that much less cap space next season, although they will have plenty to spend — around $75 million.
Chandler Jones restructured his contract with the Cardinals to lower his cap hit this year by $4 million this year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Freeing up $4 million of space would make sense if the Cardinals were trying to trade for Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who would add about $3.5 million to their salary cap. But Schefter writes that the Cardinals, who did speak with the Jaguars, don’t think they’ll land Ramsey.
Creating space this year means the Cardinals will have that much less cap space in the future, but they’re in good cap shape in 2020, with about $75 million in cap space next year.