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Los Angeles Rams: Trumaine Johnson Signed Franchise Tag

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Trumaine Johnson signs $16.7 million franchise tag

Trumaine Johnson signed a franchise tag, worth $16.7 million early Monday. The Montana product is the first defensive back to be franchise tagged in back-to-back seasons since Charles Woodson in 2004. Trumaine is now the second highest paid player in his position for this upcoming season. The first being Josh Norman.

While Johnson will be cashing in local banks near you, sources close to the five-year corner expressed a long-term deal is the priority. This season will basically serve as a try-out for that desired long term extension. The Rams and Johnson have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal. Contingent on a few things, I’m sure the Rams would love to make Trumaine a Ram for the foreseeable future.

Does Trumaine Johnson fit with Wade Phillips?

It is yet to be seen whether or not Trumaine will fit in with new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. The new 3-4 scheme brought in by Wade Phillips will be completely different from that of Gregg Williams. “Does Tru fit Wade? Does Wade fit Tru?,” said General Manager Les Snead at the combine over the past weekend when asked about his veteran defensive back.

Trumaine had his best season during the 2015 campaign when he racked up seven interceptions, but saw his production take a hit during a injury-riddled 2016 season.

On top of that, Johnson may have lost a little leverage after signing his franchise tag. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Rams are in discussions with several teams in trade talks for the newly tagged corner.

Last years decision to trade for Jared Goff was consequential for this years draft as the Rams do not pick until 37, in the second round.  I am sure Sean McVay, and owner Stan Kronke would love a chance to get into the first round via trade. Getting a chance to address one of the many team needs they have.