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La Canfora: Los Angeles Rams will not tag WR Sammy Watkins

The CBS Sports reporter says if the Rams do use the tag, it will be on S Lamarcus Joyner.

Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins catches a pass against the New York Giants in Week 9 of the 2017 season
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins catches a pass against the New York Giants in Week 9 of the 2017 season
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With the deadline to use a franchise tag looming at 4pm ET today, CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Los Angeles Rams will either use the tag on S Lamarcus Joyner or not use it at all meaning they will not use the tag on WR Sammy Watkins in any case:

It makes for a very tough situation. The Rams aren’t desperate for offensive talent having been one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL in 2017. Several other teams are in much more dire straits offensively especially at the WR position, and those are the teams ultimately that set the market:

So when it comes to Watkins, if a WR-needy team wants to make a major offer, the Rams are likely going to have to match it or come strikingly close in order to keep Watkins. The same is of course true for Joyner, but per La Canfora’s reporting they could tag him for 2018. And yes, the Rams could agree to terms on a long-term deal with Joyner but given their history of underoffering DBs, there’s reason for skepticism on that front.

Stay tuned.