5 reasons Rams should be early NFC favorites over Eagles in 2018

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5. New duo at cornerback

Entering the offseason, the cornerback position was one of the biggest questions for the Rams, mainly because of the uncertainty surrounding what the future held for Trumaine Johnson. After using the franchise tag on the cornerback for two years in a row, Los Angeles knew a third time would be way too expensive, but also this meant he would be looking to land a hefty long-term deal, whether it was with the team or someone else.

Even though there seemed to be some interest in trying to convince Johnson to return after the Peters trade, the decision to acquire Talib basically sealed the fate that it would only be a matter of time before Johnson found a new home in free agency. From a financial standpoint, the fact that Los Angeles will be paying Peters and Talib less money combined in 2018 than what Johnson made all of last year shows why the Rams were willing to make this move.

Not to mention, Wade Phillips all of a sudden has quite the duo at cornerback when looking at how much of an impact both Peters and Talib have made over the last couple of years. Take all of this into consideration along with the hope that Kayvon Webster will eventually return to full strength, the Rams’ defense should be in great shape, especially at cornerback.