Jalen Ramsey reinforced his commitment to the Jaguars on Thursday, days after sending a cryptic tweet that caused many to question his intentions.
“I’ve said multiple times, over and over and over and over and over and over and over again that I want to play for one team my whole career,” Ramsey said, via the team’s website. “I don’t control that, but, I mean, it is what it is.”
The 24-year-old cornerback has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and the Jaguars could keep him through 2020 on the deal’s fifth-year option. If given the opportunity, Ramsey says he is hopeful he can stay with Jacksonville.
“If they wanted, they could extend me,” Ramsey said. “And if it’s right, then we’ll get that done and I’ll be here for a number of years. If not, I have a fifth-year option they can pick up and they can franchise me. I mean, I could be here for a while.”
Ramsey has expressed frustration as the team fell to 3-6 entering Week 11. Ramsey tweeted Monday, a day after losing to the Colts, 29-26: “When I’m gone from here, y’all gone miss me. I ain’t even trippin lol.”
When I’m gone from here, y’all gone miss me. I ain’t even trippin lol
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) November 12, 2018
Ramsey addressed the tweet Thursday, saying it was for the Jaguars’ “fake fans” who haven’t stuck with the team through a disappointing 2018 season.
“If that’s what people want to do or if that’s how people feel, then it’s certain people, like y’all going to miss … we bring some good things,” Ramsey said. “And, yeah, we slipped up here recently. Not executed and played like we know we can. But, like whoever, the fake fans, if y’all [the media], whoever, if y’all want to jump ship, then, look, it is what it is.
“But y’all going to miss us when we either gone or when stuff back popping. We don’t want y’all no more.”
The Jaguars went 10-6 and won the AFC South last season, but they have lost five consecutive games after starting the season 3-1. The team sits at the bottom of the AFC South, three games behind the division-leading Texans (6-3), with the AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2-1) coming to Jacksonville on Sunday.