Rams, McVay don’t rule out Johnson returning for 2018 season

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Despite the recent agreement to acquire Marcus Peters, Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams haven’t ruled out re-signing Trumaine Johnson as well.

The NFL world received a major shock last week when it was discovered that the Los Angeles Rams were finalizing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Marcus Peters to help fill a need at quarterback. And the best part about the entire deal, the Rams didn’t even have to surrender a first-round pick, which was a huge concern since the team already had to deal with not having one last April as a result of the deal with the Tennessee Titans to land Jared Goff.

Without question, Kansas City would have asked for a lot more in exchange for Peters if he wasn’t labeled as such a “hot head” for some of his unnecessary actions on the football field, one of which even led to a suspension by the team. But now that Peters will be earning a fresh start on a defense led by Wade Phillips, the Rams seem confident enough in helping the cornerback stay out of trouble, and doing what’s most important, which is focusing on football.

As for what this all means for Trumaine Johnson, first reactions made it seem like the cornerback would hit the open market not just because of Peters, but also due to the fact that he would be looking for a hefty deal, and there are other teams willing to spend more than Los Angeles. However, it appears Johnson returning for a seventh season with the Rams shouldn’t be ruled out just yet, as Sean McVay hinted on Wednesday.

Obviously, this is one of those situations that is easier said than done since as much as Johnson would love to return to Los Angeles, the cornerback will most likely be intrigued to hear what other teams are willing to offer since teams like the San Francisco 49ers or New York Jets may be willing to spend more. Either way, the good news to hear about this whole situation is there’s no reason to rule out Johnson returning quite yet, and it will be interesting to see how this whole situation will play out.

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For a team that previously had a ton of uncertainty surrounding the cornerback position, just imagine how dangerous this defense would be if Los Angeles had Peters and Johnson to work with. It may seem like a long shot at this point, but Rams fans would love to see this scenario find a way to work out heading into 2018.