A new report claims the Los Angeles Rams won’t be trading cornerback Trumaine Johnson before the 2017 season, despite all of the rumors.
Despite the Los Angeles Rams placing the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson back at the beginning of March, rumors have been swirling over the last couple of weeks surrounding the team pulling off a trade involving the cornerback before the start of Thursday’s 2017 NFL Draft. Numerous teams have expressed interest in the possibility of acquiring Johnson, but with report indicating on Monday the Rams cornerback is staying put, this really shouldn’t come as a major surprise to anyone.
National Insider Ian Rapoport claims Johnson will be staying in Los Angeles for the 2017 season to avoid the team having to worry about filling another need in this year’s draft. The Rams found themselves in a tough position this offseason when it came to Johnson since they didn’t want to jump the gun by rewarding him with a long-term contract, but also didn’t want to see him join another team in free agency.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, that was exactly the case last offseason when Janoris Jenkins tested the free agency market before eventually signing with the New York Giants. It’s amazing to see how the Rams would rather make Johnson the league’s highest paid cornerback at $16 million in 2017 instead of risking a long-term deal, but only time will tell when it comes to whether this decision will pay off.
Johnson may be making the big bucks this upcoming season, but the debate is still out there when it comes to being the best option for Los Angeles since he still has a ton to prove as a No. 1 cornerback. But at least for now, the constant rumors of a possible trade involving Johnson can be put to rest, and the Rams can now focus on what’s most important this week, which is the start of Thursday’s draft.