One report claims Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson turned down a trade to the New Orleans Saints.
Despite months of trade rumors, a report indicated last week the Los Angeles Rams planned to keep cornerback Trumaine Johnson on board for the 2017 season. For the second year in a row, the Rams made the tough to decision to use the franchise tag on Johnson to avoid their beloved cornerback hitting free agency, making him the highest player at his position in 2017 at $16 million.
Only time will tell when it comes to whether Los Angeles will regret using this kind of money on Johnson since the argument can be made he still has plenty to prove as a No. 1 cornerback. But it looks like the Rams will just have to bite the bullet and accept the investment they were willing to make on Johnson for the 2017 season.
To see Los Angeles struggle to find a trade partner for Johnson over the last month or so really wasn’t a surprise when looking at the ridiculous amount of money he’s going to be making next season, but it appears there’s an interesting twist to the story. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams did in fact have a trade partner for Johnson with the New Orleans Saints in which a second-round pick was believed to be involved, but the cornerback wasn’t interested in signing a long-term deal.
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Over the months, there has been plenty of talks surrounding the possibility of Los Angeles and Johnson working out some sort of long-term deal, but the Rams don’t seem fully committed to making the move. As bad as it sounds, Los Angeles deserves credit for not jumping the gun on this decision since the last thing they want to see happen is reward Johnson with a long-term deal, and end up being a disappointment like Tavon Austin.