ESPN’s Adam Schefter mentioned yesterday that it’s a “long shot” for the Rams to get a long-term extension in place for CB Trumaine Johnson before the deadline to negotiate with franchise players.
Schefter mentions that Johnson is perfectly fine playing out the year under the tender and possibly testing the open market in 2017. Schefter also added that the Rams are confident they’ll be able to keep Johnson long term.
Los Angeles allowed Janoris Jenkins to depart in free agency after they used the franchise tag on Johnson. However, it appears as though extension talks could spill over into next year.
The franchise tag will run the Rams $13.952 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
Johnson, 26, is a former third-round pick of the Rams back in 2012. He’s played out his rookie contract with the team before being franchised back in February.
He’ll be an unrestricted free agent again in 2017.
In 2015, Johnson appeared in 14 games and recorded 71 tackles, seven interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, a fumble recovery and 17 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 19 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a possible extension for Johnson as the news is available.