In perhaps the most anticipated move thus far, the Los Angeles Rams and Trumaine Johsnon are no more.
Fans of the Los Angeles Rams have been anticipating the team and defensive back Trumaine Johsnon parted ways.
Well, that day has come.
Johnson is expected to sign with the New York Jets for what is reported to be $15 million per season.
After a six-year career that began first with the Rams in St. Louis, Johnson played under the franchise tag last for two consecutive seasons, in what were the first two years for the team back in Los Angeles.
Without question, he was absolutely the Rams top corner in what was the 13th ranked pass defense and finished 2017 with 65 tackles, two interceptions, and 13 passes broken up. He’d also add one forced fumble.
Despite a solid season, Los Angeles seemed determined to move on from Johnson when they went out and acquired first Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, and then made an even bigger move when they traded for Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos.
The writing was definitely on the wall.
Johnson will help the Jets fill a significant need, who finished last season ranked 21st against the pass. New York, who has a ton of issues on both sides of the football, can consider nabbing Johnson perhaps their most significant in this offseason with plenty more moves expected.
As for the Rams, LA can’t be anything but absolutely contented with how they’d already filled a need they were planning on. Johnson moving on seemed all but a foregone conclusion when the season ended after their playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Johnson, who is a class guy, will also be going from one of the best teams in the NFL, perhaps even a Super Bowl contender, to one probably years away from contending in the same division with perennial division winner New England.