The Los Angeles Rams are expected to use their franchise tag on corner Trumaine Johnson, for the second consecutive season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Johnson is among a list of players slated to receive the franchise designation.
Other players expected to be tagged by Wednesday deadline include Kirk Cousins, Le'Veon Bell, Kawann Short, Melvin Ingram, Trumaine Johnson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2017
It was reported over the weekend that Johnson had a 75 percent chance to receive the franchise tag, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora. Canfora said that Johnson is too costly to keep but too costly to lose.
Johnson could earn a 20 percent salary increase for 2017 season, after he received the franchise tag in 2016 too. This would mean Johnson could earn $16.7 million for next season, which is a large chunk of the Rams’ $37 million in cap space, per Over The Cap.
Previously, general manager Les Snead said that re-signing Johnson could shape Los Angeles’ entire offseason. Snead said that the team faced a tough decision regarding Johnson’s future with the team. He said Johnson’s role on the Rams defense would be one of the first things that the new coaching staff would look at.
In 2016, Johnson registered one interception and 47 tackles over 14 games last season.
The NFL deadline to place the exclusive, non-exclusive and transition tags on pending free agents is March 1 at 4 p.m. EST.
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