Trumaine Johnson recently received the franchise tag for the second year in a row from the Los Angeles Rams.
As expected, the Los Angeles Rams recently placed the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson for the second-straight season, scheduling him to be the league’s highest paid cornerback for the 2017 season. While it’s easy to debate whether this was the right move by the Rams when looking at his numbers from last year, it appears there’s a chance Johnson ends up on a different team.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Los Angeles is considering the possibility of trading their beloved cornerback, as numerous teams appear to be showing interest in Johnson. At the moment, nothing can be completed until Thursday afternoon when the new league year officially begins, but if the Rams did ship Johnson off to a different team, it would be quite the turn of events.
The decision to place the franchise tag on Johnson for the second year in a row while agreeing to pay him just under $17 million for the 2017 season seemed like a desperation move for Los Angeles, which makes this news even more interesting. If the Rams made the decision to tag Johnson because they couldn’t afford to risk losing him in free agency like they did last year with Janoris Jenkins, why would the team all of a sudden be open to a trade?
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Maybe Johnson just doesn’t seem like a good fit under the new defense run by Wade Phillips, and Los Angeles is seeing if they can get a good enough offer to pull the trigger on a deal. Keep in mind that Johnson only recorded one interception all of last year, and gave up plenty of big plays to numerous receivers, so maybe shipping the cornerback off in a fair deal wouldn’t be the worst decision in the world if it’s going to save the Rams some extra money.