Jets Trade For ‘Skins QB Ramsey, Abraham Almost Gone?

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets
March 17th, 2006
Former Redskin Patrick Ramsey is headed for Hempstead.
Former Redskin Patrick Ramsey is headed for Hempstead.
Completing a deal that has been in the works for weeks, the Jets today reached a trade agreement with the Redskins for veteran QB Patrick Ramsey.

Ramsey will compete with incumbent Jets QB Chad Pennington who is recovering from two shoulder surgeries.

ESPN broke the story earlier today and now the Redskins are confirming the deal. Sources say the Jets will surrender a sixth round pick to Washington in the year’s draft as compensation for Ramsey.

Ramsey, entering his fifth season in the NFL is a former first round pick by Washington out of Tulane who never was able to grasp the Redskins starting job full time. Over his four year career he has a 10-14 record as a starter and has thrown for just 5649 yards with 34 TD’s and 29 INT’s. His lifetime QB rating is just over 75.

Ramsey’s tenure with Washington was sealed when they signed veteran backup Todd Collins earlier this week. Washington made the playoffs last season behind veteran Mark Brunell and also drafted former Auburn QB, Jason Campbell in the first round of last year’s draft.

"We appreciate Patrick's contributions during his time here with the Washington Redskins, said Head Coach Joe Gibbs through a released statement on the Redskins' website. "Through this entire process, we have always wanted what was best for Patrick and in working with him we feel this is where he wants to be. We wish all the best to him and his family and his future with the New York Jets."

The Jets have not yet officially announced or even confirmed the deal at press time.

It's been no secret that both teams had been negotiating for Ramsey over the last few weeks with Washington trying to get at least a fourth round pick from NY in compensation. Their leverage obviously was hurt by the signing of Collins.

The Jets will pick up Ramsey's current contract which has one year left on it at $1.6MM for the coming season.

Regarding Abraham, late this afternoon ESPN's Len Pasquarelli reported that either the Falcons and Seahawks could be the eventual suitor in a trade for franchise DE John Abraham. However, both teams are in the opposite stages of a potential deal.

According to Pasquarelli, Abraham met today with Atlanta officials for the second time this week and agreed on a contract. Sources say that earlier in the week the Jets and Falcons were discussing a deal that included backup QB Matt Schaub and a draft choice. Altanta reportedly offered Schaub and a third round pick and the Jets wanted the QB and the Falcons' second round pick. Now, with the aqusition of Ramsey, Schaub is likely out of the picture unless the Jets package Ramsey to Atlanta in the deal. If there are no QB's in the package, the Jets have made it clear that they want a first round pick for Abe. Atlanta has #15 in the first round.

On the other hand, the Seahawks have reportedly come to terms with the Jets regarding compensation for Abraham in their first round pick (#31 overall), but have not come to terms with Abraham on a contract. Abraham visited the Seahawks yesterday but it's not clear if any contract talk was discussed as of yet.

The Jets obviously have the upper hand because no deal can happen until they agree on compensation. Ultimately, the Jets could just simply keep Abraham and let him remain a Jet their francise player. Should be interesting to see how this pans out.

Stay Tuned.

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