The NFL’s deadline for signing franchise-tagged players to long-term contracts came and went Monday with the Rams not reaching a deal with cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
Johnson, 27, will earn nearly $17 million this season and then will become an unrestricted free agent.
Johnson was one of three NFL players with the franchise tag who did not come to terms with their teams. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell also will play under the franchise tag, Cousins for the second time.
Cousins will earn nearly $24 million this season, Bell about $12 million.
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