Los Angeles Rams’ CB Trumaine Johnson has made it crystal clear that he’d like to remain a member of the team for the long haul. Despite his desire to stick around, the Rams have waffled in doling out a contract, and made him the recipient of a second consecutive franchise tag - which will pay $16.7M in 2017 - this offseason.
Coming out of an extended weekend, according to Orange Country Star’s Rich Hammond, the Rams’ CB was a no-show for Tuesday’s OTA session.
Rams' OTA practice has wrapped up. Trumaine Johnson not present, though it might not be contract related. No Aaron Donald.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) May 30, 2017
To make matters worse, it’s not as if Tru had given the team any indication as to why he’d miss. A second tweet from Hammond notes McVay’s surprise.
More drama at Rams OTAs...Sean McVay said he didn't know why Trumaine Johnson didn't show up today. No advance notice from Tru.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) May 30, 2017
Could it be that Johnson’s frustration with not getting the long-term deal he desires have finally boiled over?
For now though, the unannounced absence is not a good look for Trumaine, and it’s a less than desirable situation for a first year staff trying to solidify their defense without a key starter.
To be fair, these practices are indeed voluntary. This move, however, shows that Johnson may not be buying the “We Not Me” mantra that McVay is working so hard to instill in his players.
Stay tuned. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they arise.