Tom Coughlin is known for being a stickler about punctuality, so much so that there was once a time where he would be livid if you weren’t 10 minutes early to a scheduled meeting.
So it didn’t come as much of a surprise that the Jacksonville Jaguars’ executive vice president of football operations did not take too kindly to cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Tevin Smith not reporting to the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, saying that every player “should be” there.
The NFLPA then responded to Coughlin, saying that the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s “definition of voluntary is the same as the actual definition of voluntary.”
Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, then came out and said that Ramsey was “exactly where he should be” during the offseason, stating that the star defensive back is spending time with his daughter and family and working out in Nashville.
Mulugheta also added that the Jaguars were “fully aware” of why Ramsey has not been present at voluntary workouts.
Eventually, Ramsey took it upon himself to address the noise:
“Fully aware” & “voluntary” meaning I don’t HAVE to be there BUT they know the EXACT REASONS I am not. My teammates know it’s ALL love & know I’ll be ready when it’s time! 💯 https://t.co/NASgnu6egT
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) April 19, 2019
It’s worth noting that Ramsey also did not participate in voluntary workouts last offseason, either.
Ramsey is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and finished with 65 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defended en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Florida State University, was originally selected by Jacksonville with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He has made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, also earning a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2017.