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Why 49ers are more than OK not trading for Jalen Ramsey

No team is allowing fewer passing yards per game than the 49ers.

Mortgaging their future drafts for a cornerback would have been bad business, compounded by an expensive contract extension, which they’ve already done at quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and pass rusher (Dee Ford).

The 49ers (5-0) are more than fine. As for the Los Angeles Rams, who just lost 20-7 at “home” to the 49ers on Sunday, they felt compelled to go for broke, perhaps literally, by trading Tuesday for cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars enters the field during player introductions before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) 

The Jacksonville Jaguars got what they wanted, a pair of first-round draft picks (each of the next two years) plus a 2021 fourth-rounder. Their sales pitch to fans: 18 picks, including four first-rounders, over the next two drafts.

The third-place Rams got arguably the NFL’s best (and most disgruntled) cornerback, and he arrives after their record got leveled at 3-3 amid a three-game skid.

Earlier Tuesday, the Rams sent the Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters, who intercepted a Jimmy Garoppolo pass in the end zone of Sunday’s game. That Peters pick still wasn’t nearly enough to offset the Rams’ offensive line woes that ultimately will have to be addressed in free agency or second-tier draft picks.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) stiff-arms Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) 

The 49ers will see Peters again on Dec. 1. They will see Ramsey when the Rams visit Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 22, presuming he’s healthy and does not have further, ahem, back issues that sidelined his final weeks in Jacksonville.

Ever since Ramsey made his trade request known a month or so ago, the 49ers intimated they wouldn’t pony up to the Jaguars’ high-priced demands, so this shouldn’t be a surprising hard-pass. Richard Sherman has long endorsed the 49ers’ in-house options.

What exactly do the 49ers have instead? A ferocious pass rush that they invested in this past offseason, and that QB-craving unit is benefiting the secondary, a collection of holdovers who stuck around like defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to make amends after a dismal couple years.

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