No deal expected for Rams, Trumaine Johnson

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It’s much easier to list the players who are expected to get long-term deals before Friday’s franchise-tag deadline than it is to list those who aren’t.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Rams and cornerback Trumaine Johnson currently aren’t expected to negotiate a long-term contract before 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday. The two sides, according to the source, are very far apart in their positions.

It’s no surprise. With a franchise tender of $13.9 million for 2016, he’d be entitled to $16.68 million under the tag in 2017. Which likely means the Rams won’t be using the tag on Johnson for a second straight year.

So he made roughly $3 million for four years after being drafted in 2012, he’ll more than quadruple that in one more season, and his next contract will be set by the market.

Johnson joins Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, and Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery as franchise-tagged players who likely won’t be signing long-term deals. Only Bills tackle Cordy Glenn has parlayed the tag into a multi-year contract.