Pretty much as soon as we began turning an eye toward the 2016 NFL Free Agency period and the list of Rams expiring contracts, the focus became the Rams' secondary.
With CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Trumaine Johnson and FS Rodney McLeod (to say nothing of SS Mark Barron) all potentially headed into free agency, tough decisions loomed. And with a seeming emphasis from the players to remain teammates, the path to doing so (whether or not the Rams even wanted to) was going to require some difficult management.
Things quickly began to center around Jenkins with reports of a "lowball" offer...a five-year, $45m "lowball" offer. So as Jenkins fired his agent to begin prepping for the free agency period, it was expected that any use of a franchise or transition tag would be applied to Johnson.
So of course with the tag deadline just hours away at 4pm ET, of course, of course we'd do a 180.
Despite reports on Trumaine Johnson receiving the franchise tag from the #Rams, I firmly believe it's going to be used on Janoris Jenkins.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 1, 2016