Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has heard from sources for a while now that the Rams could allow some players preferred by former HC Jeff Fisher like WR Kenny Britt and CB Trumaine Johnson to test the open market in the coming months.
However, Robinson is curious to see if new coaching staff comprised of Sean McVay and Wade Phillips will stick with this or possibly shift gears to retaining some of them.
Johnson is arguably the Rams’ best cornerback and could be a good fit in Phillips’ defensive scheme, so it will be interesting to see how the team approaches his expiring contract.
As for Britt, it was reported last week that he could end up being a “viable option” for the Redskins, depending on what happens with free agent WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon this offseason, so this could be a situation worth keeping an eye on.
Robinson could see Britt being a strong fit for the Buccaneers, given QB Jameis Winston likes throwing to larger targets at wide receiver.
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.
Britt, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Titans back in 2009. He spent five years in Tennessee before signing on with the Rams in 2014.
The elected to bring Britt back on a two-year, $9.15 million contract that included $4.3 million in March of 2015. He’s now in position to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
In 2016, Britt appeared in 15 games for the Rams and caught 68 passes for 1,002 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 39 receiver out of 119 qualifying players.
We will provide more information regarding Johnson and Britt as the news becomes available.