Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Rams are still in talks with teams around the league about a potential trade involving franchise CB Trumaine Johnson.
Last we heard regarding a potential Johnson trade, Vincent Bonsignore reported that there has been “significant interest” from other teams in trading for him. However, Los Angeles’ asking price is reportedly high for him.
The Browns came up as a potential landing spot for Johnson, but Mary Kay Cabot later mentioned that Cleveland isn’t in the mix for Johnson.
Johnson just officially signed his franchise tender worth around $16.8 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season. Although, this won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term contract before the July deadline or trading him to another team.
Because Johnson receives a 20 percent increase on top of the franchise tag figure, he’s now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
Given how much Johnson will make for the 2017 season and the fact that he basically can’t be franchised again, considering how much it would cost, andy team willing to trade for him would have to be prepared to sign him to a long-term deal.
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.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $16.8 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.
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’ll have more regarding a potential deal as the news is available.