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Report: Trumaine Johnson the subject of trade talks

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Cornerback Trumaine Johnson signed his franchise tender on Monday, but that may not be the end of offseason intrigue concerning his future with the club.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Rams are talking with several other teams about a trade involving Johnson. Johnson could have negotiated with other teams in lieu of signing the tag, but anyone willing to sign him would have needed to send two first-round picks to the Rams for the right to sign Johnson away.

It’s probably fair to say that the Rams won’t be looking at that kind of return in any deal involving Johnson now that he’s signed the tender. It’s also probably fair to say that Johnson still has leverage over a possible destination as any team acquiring him would likely want to sign him to a contract that runs beyond the one-year, $16.7 million deal that came with the franchise tag.

Rams General Manager Les Snead said last week that the team views 2017 as a trial run for Johnson in the defense that new coordinator Wade Phillips will install this offseason and that any call on a long-term deal in L.A. would likely wait until they had a better idea of how everything fits on that side of the ball. A trade would obviously cut that trial run short and leave the Rams to move forward with others on the corners.

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17 Responses to “Report: Trumaine Johnson the subject of trade talks”
  1. beavertonsteve says: Mar 7, 2017 3:09 PM

    The Rams aren’t in horrible shape cap-wise. They could even pull off a sign and trade, eat Johnson’s signing bonus, and try to recoup some much needed draft capital.

  2. raidermantony says: Mar 7, 2017 3:10 PM

    Welcome to Raider Nation!

  3. JON ROBINSON ERA says: Mar 7, 2017 3:15 PM

    Surely not dealing with Jon Robinson again? Lol

  4. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Mar 7, 2017 3:16 PM

    Faslemaine Johnson

  5. pattyarbuccholz says: Mar 7, 2017 3:20 PM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Mar 7, 2017 3:16 PM

    Faslemaine Johnson


    This is stupid, yet I laughed. +1. Bravo.

  6. saints737 says: Mar 7, 2017 3:33 PM

    Cooks for Trumaine!

  7. honkeyt says: Mar 7, 2017 3:35 PM

    Just got off the phone with Trumaine and he said he wanted to be a Raider. I told him I would speak with Reggie about cutting Amerson and eating the $1.5 mil in dead money but freeing up $5.5 mil. I would prefer we cut Sean Smith but that would leave over 5 mil in dead money. I will crunch some # and see if I can get Smith to restructure and eat Amerson’s dead money.

  8. motleytrap says: Mar 7, 2017 3:39 PM

    That trial run thing struck my ear as stringing fans along.

    Interesting that the Rams lose all four starters from their 2015 secondary. Snead called keeping that group together ‘Priority A’ about 12 months ago.

    What a joke.

  9. eramming says: Mar 7, 2017 3:53 PM

    Tru Johnson and Gurley for David Johnson.

  10. countingiseasy says: Mar 7, 2017 4:07 PM

    Sheldon Richardson for Trumaine Johnson?

  11. theghostofberniekosar says: Mar 7, 2017 4:10 PM

    Gregg Williams is in Cleveland now. Just sayin’.

    He could really use Johnson to help implement his system.

  12. sdchicken says: Mar 7, 2017 4:21 PM

    Who would trade for a $16 million a year corner when the draft is supposedly loaded with great young corners who can be drafted for cheap?

  13. chad504boy says: Mar 7, 2017 4:23 PM

    Why is Trumaine Johnson the subject of trade talks and Brandin Cooks was the object of trade talks?

  14. countingiseasy says: Mar 7, 2017 4:24 PM

    If a team traded for him he wouldn’t get $16 million a year, they would sign him to a long term contract. At least if they were smart ­čÖé

  15. scoreatwill says: Mar 7, 2017 4:45 PM

    So they let Jenkins walk last year and now are willing to trade Johnson for draft picks (assumed). Who will their corners be? LA fans have to be ecstatic with this dumpster fire called the Los Angeles Rams. Welcome to the Kroenke world of sports management!!

  16. longtimefanh8tr says: Mar 7, 2017 5:01 PM

    Packers need a corner but Ted is to cheap to make a deal.

  17. reddzen says: Mar 7, 2017 6:07 PM

    raidermantony says:
    Mar 7, 2017 3:10 PM
    Welcome to Raider Nation!


    two rules

    1) never say “signed” anyone. you aren’t clever or even smart.

    2) Really?

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