Once the subject of trade talks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson will be staying with the team for 2017.
Johnson signed the franchise tag earlier this offseason for the second straight year making him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. With both sides being unable to come to terms for a long-term deal, the Rams were reported to be in discussion to trade the former third round pick, but were either asking too much or simply unable to come to an agreement with another team.
Last offseason, Rams general manager, Les Snead, called re-signing the Rams’ secondary priority A. The team failed to bring back Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod and only signed Mark Barron who may not have a fit in Wade Phillips’ scheme.
If Johnson and the Rams are unable to come to a long-term agreement at some point, Snead will have lost three out of four players who were supposedly “priority A”.
With Jeff Fisher gone, all of the pressure now falls on Snead. This is a big offseason and season for him. If he fails during the draft and is unable to bring back his own players, that’s a huge failure.
With little hope of a trade for Johnson happening, the Rams’ best hope is to keep trying to get a long-term deal done with their top cornerback.