On March 1, the Los Angeles Rams tagged Trumaine Johnson for the second year in a row. Word came yesterday that Johnson had indeed signed the tag locking him as the highest paid cornerback in 2017 as things stand.
But just minutes ago, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Rams are “in discussions” to trade Tru:
The #Rams are in discussions with several teams about potentially trading franchised CB Trumaine Johnson, per teams involved. Big domino.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2017
The logic Rams General Manager Les Snead tossed out at the combine about needing to see Tru in OTAs to know if he was a fit for new Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ system was always bunk. That there were teams willing to trade for Tru was an unknown factor.
Now comes the question of compensation. What could the Rams be looking at getting in return? What would they be willing to accept?
While legal tampering opened today at noon, there’s likely reason to believe that Snead was working the issue at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Stay tuned for more.
(UPDATED at 3:32pm ET)
A couple of nuggets from the Daily News’ Vinny Bonsignore:
1. FYI on #Rams: Hearing they are open to all and any ideas to improve club, including listening to other teams on trade ideas— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) March 7, 2017