Los Angeles Rams: 5 questions after franchise tagging Lamarcus Joyner
Here are five questions surrounding the Los Angeles Rams after using the franchise tag on Lamarcus Joyner for the 2018 season.
Even though the new league year hasn’t officially started, the Los Angeles Rams have been one of the busiest teams in the NFL over the last few weeks, whether it was from their decision to acquire Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs or decision to trade Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins. Not to mention, the team also made the tough decision to use the franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner instead of wide receiver Sammy Watkins for the 2018 season, although this seems like the best option for the Rams when looking at the overall picture.
During his first season playing under Wade Phillips, Joyner was willing to make the switch to safety, and when looking at how effective he was playing at the position all of last year, this was clearly the best decision for both parties. If his first season at safety was any indication of what the future holds, Los Angeles knew it would be a risk to allow Joyner to hit the open market in free agency, so to see the team make the decision to use the franchise tag on him over Watkins wasn’t really all that surprising.
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With that being said, as exciting as it is for the Rams to know they have one less thing to worry about now that Joyner is guaranteed to be back in 2018 since he’ll be playing under the franchise tag, the team still has plenty of questions to address in the coming weeks. So with the recent news surrounding the team franchise tagging Joyner, here are five questions for Los Angeles after the big decision.