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.

6 responses to “No deal expected for Rams, Trumaine Johnson

  1. Next year is going to be a huge year for NFL free agents. Players getting hit with the tag now will likely not be tagged again next year due to the higher price of tagging a player twice. Even if teams wanted to tag a player again they will likely have another high impact player completing his contract and teams are allowed to franchise tag only one player per year.

  2. Von Miller is the only one who will be franchise tagged next year….and the year after too….

    Why?… Because franchise tagging him 3 years in a row is still cheaper than what he’s demanding… and by the end of 3 years he won’t be the same game changing player he is now….

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