Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is nothing but elated for his star defensive back Jalem Ramsey getting his huge contract.
After a ton of offseason negotiation, Ramsey's camp and the Rams' front office were able to agree on a five-year, $105 million contract. This makes Ramsey the highest-paid defensive back in league history.
“Well-earned contract,” McVay said, per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “Definitely glad, and I know it's something he was glad to get out of the way as well.”
It was the 25-year-old's first training camp with the Rams as he joined the team on a midseason deal last year when Los Angeles acquired the Pro Bowler from the Jacksonville Jaguars. McVay, so far, has seen nothing but complete dominance from his cornerback.
“I thought I had an appreciation for the way that he played and just watching him from afar,” McVay said. “But now, really getting a glimpse and with the amount of competitive work we're getting in these training camp settings, he's even better than I thought.”
Ramsey's first training camp with the Rams was overshadowed by a lot of questions about his contract which he mentioned earlier in camp that he wasn't worried at all about.
“I'm trying to do my job as a football player. I'm trying to be a leader on the team,” Ramsey told reporters (per ESPN). “If it comes, it comes. It's going to be a surprise to me, like it's going to be a surprise to you all.”
He was poised to enter the final year of his rookie contract valued at $13.7 million. Instead, the 2016 fifth-overall selection is getting one of the biggest deals in NFL history.
The three-time Pro Bowler is set to start his second season with the Rams as they're scheduled to play their season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in their new home, SoFi Stadium.