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Random Ramsdom 3/2: Tagging Trumaine, Mannion As Backup, & Notes From NFL Combine, Day 1

News and notes about the Rams, uniform updates, backup QB’s, free agency, and the start of the NFL Combine

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Rams Use Franchise Tag on Trumaine Johnson For Second Straight Year |

Assuming he doesn’t sign a long-term deal, Trumaine Johnson will become the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

Price Is Steep for Trumaine, But Rams’ Hands are Tied | O.C. Register

At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter whether Trumaine Johnson deserves to make more money than any cornerback in the NFL.

Rams’ Announce New Helmet Fan Vote | Rams’ Official Site

Following a great response from their fans, the Rams are proud to announce the return of the white-horned helmet for the 2017 season.

Rams’ Fans Can Now Vote on Uniform Design | ESPN

The Los Angeles Rams are leaving it to a vote -- fans are now able to decide on part of their uniforms for the 2017 season.

Austin, Donald Amongst Decade’s Best Combine Performers | Rams’ Official Site

Over at CFB 24/7 has compiled the top 10 performances from the past 10 years’ worth of NFL combines. Among those featured on the list are a couple of current Rams — Tavon Austin and Aaron Donald.

Mannion Will Probably Back Up Goff in 2017 | ESPN

Goff will be the starter this coming season, and Sean Mannion, a third-round pick two years earlier, is expected to be his backup. The Rams won't pay much attention to quarterbacks, be it in the draft or in free agency or via trade.

Top 101 Free Agents of 2017 |

Looking for a few players who might be able to help better the Rams’ roster? Look no further. The good folks of NFL Network laid out a list of free agency’s finest.

Top 50 Free Agents of 2017 | Pro Football Focus

Senior Analyst Sam Monson runs down the list of the top NFL free agents set to hit the open market.

Five Free Agents Set to Get Paid | CBS Sports

You may not have thought that Rams’ backup running back would get many looks in free agency. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora disagrees...

Five Offseason Needs for the Rams | Fan Sided

The Rams now have a new coaching staff fully in place. What positions do they have to target to get the most out of the roster in place?

Los Angeles Rams’ Free Agent Targets | INSC Magazine

Can new Head Coach Sean McVay turn them around in 2017? Here are some possible additions that could help.

Manziel, Others the Rams’ Could Take a Flyer on in Free Agency | Rams Wire

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel re-signed with his agent. While unlikely, the Los Angeles Rams could take a chance here.

Goff Trade Looks Like a Steal — For Titans | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

(Salty Jim Thomas alert!) With a little help from the Rams last offseason, Tennessee was one of the most improved teams in the NFL — finishing 9-7 in 2016 and barely missing the playoffs after a 3-13 record a year earlier.

Los Angeles Rams’ 7-Round Mock Draft | Draft Wire

Let’s take a full dive into 2017 NFL mock draft scenarios for the Los Angeles Rams, using Fanspeak’s “On the Clock” draft simulator.

NFL Combine

Combine Debrief, Day 1: Translating QB Chatter |

Wednesday's press conferencepalooza at the NFL Scouting Combine was most notable for what wasn't said.

NFL Combine, Day 1 Takeaways: CBS Sports

Here's 10 things you need to know about Wednesday at the combine and what's on tap Thursday

NFL Combine Day 1 Winners and Losers | CBS Sports

Plenty of free agency buzz swirled around Indianapolis with the franchise tag deadline passing

Matt Miller’s Position by Position Primer | Bleacher Report

What does the NFL Scouting Combine mean to the draft stock of the players who will perform, those too injured to take part and even those not invited? Tons.

NFL Combine Viewers Guide | Fox Sports

Before you see a single 40-yard dash, here's what to watch for as hundreds of prospects descend on Lucas Oil Stadium for a series of workouts and interviews that could tell us plenty about the 2017 draft.

How Does Combine Athleticism Translate to Production? | Pro Football Focus

With workouts starting later this week, Mike Renner explains how scouting combine events show up on the field.

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