The Pittsburgh Steelers have expressed interest in trading for Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
The Rams franchise tagged Johnson for a second straight season and have failed to come to a long-term agreement with the 27-year-old.
While La Canfora says it is unlikely that Los Angeles will actually trade Johnson, he states that the Steelers would be one of the first teams in line should the Rams actually put the defensive back on the trading block.
Johnson is set to make $17 million this year.
Johnson, who played his college football at the University of Montana, was originally selected by Los Angeles (then St. Louis) in the third round (65th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
While he only started three games during his rookie season, he played in all 16, registering 30 tackles, two interceptions and eight forced fumbles.
The following year, Johnson became a full-time starter, finishing with 68 tackles, three picks and 12 passes defended.
His best season came in 2014, as Johnson racked up 36 tackles, seven interceptions, six passes defended and a defensive touchdown.
While he has never made a Pro Bowl, Johnson has solidified himself as the better cornerbacks in the league.
Last year, he tallied 57 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defended.
Pittsburgh has long been trying to add depth to it secondary, and Johnson would provide the Steelers with that and more.
However, it doesn’t appear that the Rams are in any rush to trade him.
Los Angeles has already been active on the trade market this week, adding wide receiver Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills.