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Report: New Orleans Saints Were Willing To Trade Second-Round Pick For LA Rams CB Trumaine Johnson

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Will Tru find a new home, or is that saga over?

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints were willing to trade a second-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB Trumaine Johnson:

Earlier this month, the New Orleans Saints were willing to trade what was thought to be a second-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for their franchise cornerback, Trumaine Johnson, who already has signed his franchise tender. Only issue was, Johnson was unwilling to agree to a long-term deal in New Orleans because he so badly wanted to remain in Los Angeles, and the Rams have said they aren't particularly interested in dealing.

Now it will be interesting to see if there's a team on draft weekend that is willing to trade for Johnson without him agreeing to a long-term deal, and simply playing this season on the franchise tender. It would not be ideal for the team trading for him, but if it was confident enough in its ability to re-sign him, maybe a team would decide it would rather have Johnson than an unproven rookie cornerback, as good as this rookie cornerback class is.

Do I expect it? Not at all. But it's at least a situation to watch.

Now that is interesting to say the least. Tru has been a Ram for five years now ever since he was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s now been consecutively franchise tagged, which means the Rams are no longer allowed to franchise tag him after this year. This poses a problem because if they can’t work out a long-term deal over the next year, Tru will hit free agency and likely receive a large deal that he definitely deserves.

The Rams chose to keep Trumaine Johnson around instead of former teammate Janoris Jenkins. So far, that looks a questionable decision. Rams General Manager Les Snead said recently that a trade was very unlikely and they’d look forward to extending Tru to a long-term deal, though this is a situation to absolutely keep your eyes on during draft weekend.