Faced with the impending free agency of nearly the entire secondary, and equipped with the option to control at least one of the players, the
The salary for cornerbacks who receive the nonexclusive franchise tag will be about $14 million this season. Teams and players with the tag have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal.
If Johnson signs with another team, the Rams would receive two No. 1 draft picks as compensation.
Johnson, 6 feet 2 and 208 pounds, intercepted seven passes in 2015. He played at Stockton Edison High and at Montana before the Rams chose him in the third round of the 2012 draft with the 65th overall pick.
He has started 33 games and has intercepted 14 passes, returning two for touchdowns.
“Since we drafted Trumaine in 2012, he has developed into an integral part of our defense,” General Manager
Many players dislike the nonexclusive franchise tag. The one-year salary is no less than the average of the top five salaries at their position last season, but the tag prevents them from testing the open market and also can leave players at risk of injury without a guaranteed longer-term deal.
Johnson, 26, has played opposite
In a tweet that appeared to address his negotiations with the Rams, Jenkins on Sunday wrote: "Total disrespect when u held down one side all 4 years and force the ball the other way.. #ThanksButNoThanks."
Agents for unrestricted free agents can begin negotiating, but contracts can't be signed, on March 7, the start of what is commonly referred to as "legal tampering." The free-agency signing period begins March 9.
The Rams are about $60 million under the salary cap, which last week was set at $155.27 million.
The Rams cleared about $23 million in salary-cap space a few weeks ago when they released linebacker
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