Report: Rams open to Trumaine Johnson extension

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Shortly after the Rams put the franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson earlier this year, there was a report that the team was discussing a trade that would send Johnson elsewhere before the 2017 season.

Nothing has happened on that front and the team is now reportedly open to moving in the other direction with Johnson. Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Rams aren’t ruling out a trade, but that they are also open to talking about an extension that would keep Johnson in L.A. beyond next season.

Gonzalez adds that talks about an extension aren’t expected until the end of the offseason program, which starts on Monday. The timeline fits with how General Manager Les Snead explained the decision to tag Johnson in March.

“Because everyone is new, we need to work together, live together, see if we all fit,” Snead. “Does Tru fit [defensive coordinator] Wade Phillips? Does Wade fit Tru?”

They will presumably have a better answer to those questions after the team starts working together. A full season would give an even fuller picture, although there would likely be cap benefits from an extension that knocks down the cap hit from the $16.7 million Johnson is due to make after getting tagged for the second straight year.

5 responses to “Report: Rams open to Trumaine Johnson extension

  1. At the end of the 2015 season the Rams had an extremely talented starting young defensive backfield with Janoris Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, TJ McDonald, and Trumaine Johnson. Now they only have one of those guys and they don’t seem to eager to bring him back long term. The reason the Rams perpetually suck is because they aren’t smart enough to retain the good talent they actually do develop.

  2. 16.7 million, not bad for a kid from the University of Montana.

    Probably would have gone unnoticed if not for Jeff Fisher’s son attending U of M where he got a good look at Tru…..

  3. What possible reason could he have for signing an extension with this franchise? It is a circus and poorly run. He is better to play on the extension and be a free agent next year when his franchise tax would be close to 20 million. Every player wants to win and that is not possible with a Kroenke owned team

  4. What possible reason could he have for signing an extension with this franchise? It is a circus and poorly run.

    Because in the NFL, any player is just one play away from a career ending injury and missing out on millions. That’s the reason he should sign an extension, regardless of the team.

    This team also just got a promising young coach and new coaching staff that could turn this franchise around ala Gase in Miami.

    This team is also very young and given the right leadership, they could be good for a long time in a weak division.

  5. I say sign. The Rams (like most teams) have missing pieces. But, unlike a lot of teams, the Rams don’t have as many missing pieces as people seem to think. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they not only make the playoffs this year as a wild card, but might just win the division out right.

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