The franchise tag will run the Rams around $16.8 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season, but won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term contract before the July deadline to discuss long-term deals with franchise players.
Because Johnson receives a 20 percent increase on top of the franchise tag figure, he’ll now be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.
Johnson, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Rams back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract with the Rams before being franchised back in February and made $13.952 million fully guaranteed under the tag.
In 2016, Johnson appeared in 14 games for the Rams and recorded 58 total tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, and 12 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 28 overall cornerback out of 120 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.