ayweather’s up and coming fighter received a lot of love from a massive Baltimore Ravens crowd.
During the recent Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals game, undefeated super featherweight champ Gervonta Davis made a surprise appearance. The Ravens crowd went wild and cheered for Davis as soon as he appeared on M&T Bank’s stadium’s big screen.
In boxing, Davis is one of the fighters Floyd Mayweather’s rising stars. In the past, Mayweather has been consistent in mentoring Davis especially in the public.
Like any other fighters, Davis has had some issues with Mayweather but their relationship in boxing has been quite good lately. In fact, Mayweather once defended Davis during the time when the young champ was being accused of ducking fights.
According to Mayweather, he should be the one to be criticized as Davis’ job is to just fight and not negotiate, Boxing Scene reported.
“When I say, ‘Who you wanna fight?,’ he say, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ So he don’t pick and choose. So, if y’all wanna criticize anybody, criticize me, criticize Leonard Ellerbe or criticize whoever. But don’t criticize the fighters. The fighter’s job is to go out there and fight and be the best that they could possibly be,” Mayweather said.
Davis is the current WBA super feather weight champ. With an undefeated record of 22-0, Davis has the potential to be boxing’s next biggest star. However, Davis claims that he hasn’t fought anybody that would put his name along with the top guys.
In his recent interview with ESPN, Davis said that he badly wants to win more belts even in the heavier divisions.
“I just want to move up and try to win more belts, basically make myself one of the top guys. So I think it was best for me to move up and try to get one of them belts ,” Davis stated.
In the process, Davis could end up fighting the lightweight title holder Vasyl Lomachenko. Davis has expressed his desire to fight “Loma” but he is open for the possibility that it wouldn’t happen soon.
“Lomachenko is definitely one of the top opponents for me at 130 or 135. I believe it will happen, but it got to be at the right time,” Davis noted.
Meanwhile, Davis is also linked to another rising star Tevin Farmer. However, according to Farmer’s promoter Eddie Hearn, Mayweather has issues with the fighter’s pay.
“You’re Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather! I’m just lil’ ol’ Eddie Hearn, I ain’t got your kind of money. So let’s go in there, agree the split beforehand,” Hearn said.
We’re only two weeks into the 2019 NFL season and things are already crazy. While the Baltimore Ravens sit at 2-0, not every team has been so lucky. One such team is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have yet to win a game. Their lackluster start has led cornerback Jalen Ramsey to ask for a trade out of town, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
While cornerback is easily Baltimore’s deepest position, it’s a trade the Ravens should try their hardest to pull off. To understand why, we have to look at a few different factors.
Since coming into the league in 2016, Ramsey has earned no lower than a 72.8 overall grade from Pro Football Focus for a season. His grade has been as high as a 90.6 in 2017. By comparison, Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey is having a fantastic season and is currently posting a 66.6 overall grade. Though Ramsey’s grade this year is downright awful, the team around him likely has a large effect on that.
Ramsey is also still on his rookie deal, which carries a lot of weight in any trade talks. According to Over The Cap, Ramsey has just a $7.43 million cap hit (just $3.63 million if traded) in 2019 and has a fifth-year option at $13.7 million in 2020. By comparison, the Ravens’ Jimmy Smith has a $15.85 million cap hit this year. That makes Ramsey a relative bargain for two years, especially when considering his level of play.
Smith is also set to hit free agency in the offseason, something Baltimore has to account for. Though it seems the Ravens are hoping Anthony Averett steps up into that role, Ramsey would give Baltimore arguably the best secondary in the league for at least two years, if they extend neither Ramsey or Humphrey along the way.
It’s important to weigh any value and production Ramsey brings to the team against what it’ll cost in a trade. According to Shefter, Jacksonville wants at least a first-round pick in exchange. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, two teams have already stepped up to the plate, including one AFC team offering a first-round pick and a player. Based on that report, I don’t think it would be out of line to say Ramsey will command a first- and fourth-round pick in 2020 — or a haul close to that — by the time a trade is pulled off.
Even if Ramsey would be a two-year rental, Baltimore would also get a compensatory pick in return for letting him leave in free agency — likely a third-rounder considering his level of play thus far. When considering the compensatory pick back into the equation, Ramsey could actually cost less than a first-rounder when everything’s said and done.
Though that’s still a lofty price for a player, finding a cornerback of Ramsey’s caliber (one-time All-Pro, two-time Pro Bowler) is near impossible, regardless of where a team is picking. Could Baltimore draft a player like Ramsey in the first round? Possibly. But by trading for him, they’d be guaranteed one.
Though the Ravens have a star-filled secondary already, they have injuries to Smith and CB Tavon Young, and the unit showed concerning signs Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Being spread wide by Arizona’s offense led to Baltimore giving up big plays down the field. Ramsey might not ultimately fix all of those issues, but it’d give the Ravens the best secondary in the league without question and an answer to teams like the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs — a necessity if they wish to make a deep postseason run.
The Ravens seem to be real contenders this year, having one of the league’s most potent offenses after two weeks. They have a lot more cap space next year and are in line to have 10 draft picks. It all adds up to Ramsey being a great addition without killing Baltimore in either their wallet or their draft equity. If the Ravens feel they have a real shot at the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020, they should pull the trigger immediately.