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.

14 responses to “Rams again use franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson

  1. 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’

  2. 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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    Since when did St. Louis get a new team

  6. 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.

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