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NFC Notes: Rams, Redskins, Vikings

Rams

  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports believes there’s a zero-percent chance of the Rams signing franchise CB Trumaine Johnson to an extension before the July 17 deadline.
  • According to La Canfora, the two sides spoke just once about a new deal and haven’t broached the subject since.
  • The Rams have franchised Johnson in back-to-back years, which leaves him as the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. La Canfora mentions that there’s no reason for Johnson to not play out the year under the tag and test the free agent market in 2018, considering that there will be plenty of interest in him.

Redskins

Redskins veteran S DeAngelo Hall mentioned that he could see himself getting in player personnel after his NFL career is over.

“I see myself in a suit doing something,” Hall said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t see myself on the field coaching. I see myself in the front office….I feel I can see talent.

“I’m not saying I’m a mastermind or Bill Belichick,” Hall added. “But when you play the game, or you’re asked to do other things, like Doug, you have a little more feel than the guy who has been in the office his whole life. I wish it was the NBA where you could stop and go be a head coach or GM like that. I understand it’s a process, but it’s definitely something I want to get involved in.

Vikings

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer has functioned as a mock opponent for Sam Bradford, telling him how an opposing defensive coordinator will try to stop him.

“We would text almost every day after practice and he would just give me some thoughts about what he saw from us on offense, what the defense was trying to do, things that we could take advantage of, things that they were trying to take away,” Bradford said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN. “[It was good to] just get his opinion on what he saw from the defense that day and maybe if there were some blitzes that they put in to beat a certain protection, how we could pick it up; coverages that they put in to maybe take away a route, how we could beat that coverage, what to look for, what tips, what keys give away certain things. Those texts were really nice.

Despite how quickly things played out with the trade to Minnesota and then losing OC Norv Turner during the season, Bradford says he “would not trade it for the world.”

Once everything ended and calmed down [last year], I thought about the events that had just happened and the past six or seven months and how I got here. I would not trade it for the world,” Bradford said. “I learned a lot about myself last year, I learned a lot about being a quarterback, being a leader, being a teammate, being put in that position, and I am really excited for training camp this year.”