Trumaine Johnson thanks Rams fans on Instagram before free agency begins
With free agency getting underway this week, Trumaine Johnson took the time to thank Los Angeles Rams fans with an Instagram post.
Even though the NFL teams can’t officially make trades and free agency signings until later this week, the Los Angeles Rams have already been quite busy when looking at all of the moves the team has already agreed to make. From sending Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants to clear up some salary cap space to agreeing to trades that will bring Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on board to provide a new duo at cornerback, the Rams are in a win-now mode to build off last year’s surprise success in which they won the NFC West title.
While the agreement to bring Peters on board made it seem like there was still a chance Los Angeles could convince Trumaine Johnson to return for another season, the Talib trade basically sealed the deal that the team would be moving on from their soon to be former cornerback. Entering the offseason, Johnson was one of the biggest questions surrounding the team since the Rams knew using the franchise tag for a third year in a row would have been ridiculous, and from a financial perspective, signing up to a long-term deal was simply going to be way too expensive when compared to what other teams will most likely offer.
Now, it’s only a matter of time before Johnson figures out which team he will be part of during the 2018 season, as there are plenty of teams in desperate need of help at the cornerback position. But before Johnson begins discussions with teams this week, the cornerback took the time to thank Rams fans for everything from over the years.
As bad as it sounds, when seeing how Los Angeles wouldn’t commit to Johnson for the long run last year, it seemed like only a matter of time before he ended up elsewhere. In a way, the decision by the Rams to use the franchise tag for a second year in a row was clearly a desperation move since they couldn’t afford to lose Johnson to another team if he were to become a free agent.
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Now, Johnson is expected to receive numerous offers later in the week since he’s considered to be one of the top players available at his position. No matter what, Johnson will always be considered a classy player when seeing how much he’s helped the defense over the years, and his thoughtful post is just one of many reasons why he was always a favorite among Rams fans.