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Rams again use franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson

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The Rams have again placed the franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson ahead of Wednesday’s deadline for franchise tag decisions.

Johnson also played last season under the franchise tag. Last March, the Rams essentially faced the decision on whether to keep Johnson or to keep cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who hit free agency and signed with the Giants.

Getting another franchise tag means Johnson will make about $16 million and be the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback in 2017 unless he and the Rams work out a long-term deal at a different rate.

Johnson, 27, had one interception in 14 games last season. He had a career-best seven interceptions in 2015 and has 16 interceptions in his five-year career. The Rams drafted Johnson in the third round in 2012.

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14 Responses to “Rams again use franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson”
  1. blitzinc43 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:00 PM

    As a close friend of the organization Trumaine will function as Wade’s “Talib” moving forward.

  2. nathanp2013 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:05 PM

    That should be illegal… why not just pay the man. It’s not like they have anybody under a long-term contract that deserves one.

    BTW- AP played on some terrible offensive teams and never turned as bad of a season as Gurley just did. Maybe Gurley is closer to Trent Richardson than AP.

    just sayin’

  3. bobl242 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:08 PM

    Dude needs to get a life, Pathetic!

  4. joefelicelli says: Mar 1, 2017 12:08 PM

    That is great news for A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore. I was hoping Johnson would hit the market, but there are still some pretty solid options at CB for needy teams.

    The Bears should try to land 2 of them

  5. weepingjebus says: Mar 1, 2017 12:14 PM

    Nice salary. Though I bet he and his accountant are thrilled at having way more games subject to CA jock taxes instead of Missouri.

  6. flyinghighphil says: Mar 1, 2017 12:19 PM

    Glad to have him back .losing Jenkins last year hurt bad. Losing Tru this year would be just as bad.

  7. nathanp2013 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:33 PM

    What is St. Louis to do list this off-season? Build an Offensive line with several new starters, find 3 WR’s and 2 TE’s, 2 CB’s, 1 Safety and a franchise QB… at least they have a high… uhh… 2nd round pick.

  8. taeh324 says: Mar 1, 2017 12:45 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 12:33 PM
    What is St. Louis to do list this off-season? Build an Offensive line with several new starters, find 3 WR’s and 2 TE’s, 2 CB’s, 1 Safety and a franchise QB… at least they have a high… uhh… 2nd round pick.

    _______________

    Since when did St. Louis get a new team

  9. tqaztec says: Mar 1, 2017 12:47 PM

    Good for him. Straight cash, homey! Too bad you have to play for the LAzy Rams.

  10. nathanp2013 says: Mar 1, 2017 1:08 PM

    taeh324 says:
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    Got me; the Rams have been unwatchable for 15 years I guess I missed the move.

  11. mrdry14 says: Mar 1, 2017 1:22 PM

    If I am doing the calculation correct, that would work out to around $16 mil per interception….what a steal…

  12. justanotherfan101 says: Mar 1, 2017 1:36 PM

    Idiotic. Johnson wouldn’t be worth $17 million even if he was the best cornerback in the game, which he is far from. These big bucks could have been spent on offensive linemen, receivers, linebackers, safeties, or even a good cornerback, pathetic.

  13. ocgunslinger says: Mar 1, 2017 2:52 PM

    Hey it’s the Rams. What did you expect?

  14. jimmyt says: Mar 1, 2017 3:20 PM

    At least they have the greatest owner in all of sports whose only concern is fielding winning teams.

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