Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Rams and Trumaine Johnson’s agent spoke again last night to see if any progress could be made on a long-term contract before today’s deadline.
However, La Canfora says that the two sides are still “very far apart” and his representatives are “holding firm” in their demands. All in all, there’s still no deal in sight.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that multiple reports have said as much in recent weeks.
Johnson and the Rams are comfortable with him playing out the year under the tender and possibly testing the open market in 2017.
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.