Rams franchise CB Trumaine Johnson said Saturday that he wanted to get a long-term extension in place with Los Angeles “big time.”
“I wanted it; I wanted it big-time,” Johnson said, via ESPN.com. “I believe the Rams are going in a different direction at the end of the season. It’s out of my control. I’m here. I’m still putting my jersey on. I’m lacing up my cleats. I’m happy. I’m here to win games, and I’m going to help this team to win games.”
Johnson stressed that he’s still happy to be with the Rams and help them win games this year.
“I’m here,” Johnson said. “I’m still playing football. I’m still lacing up my cleats. I’m still putting that ’22’ jersey on. I’m blessed. I’m here to win games. That’s my goal. … I’m here to win games. I’m not worried about after this season. I’m here right now, and my focus is on winning games.”
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.
This makes Johnson the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
It’s worth mentioning that Rams discussed a trade with the Saints that would have sent Johnson to New Orleans, but ultimately walked away from the deal.
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.