Report | Rams Trumaine Johnson expected to test free agency after 2017-18

25 September 2016: Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the NFL regular season game between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
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Similarly to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson is now gearing up to play his second consecutive season under the team’s franchise tag. Despite serving as the Rams’ highest-paid player for the upcoming 2017-18 season, Johnson is also expected to become an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of such a campaign.

While it was previously reported that Johnson and the Rams would not be coming to terms on a new longterm contract this offseason, it now appears as though such a pact will never actually come into fruition at all, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

“After General Manager Les Snead said for months that the Rams would wait to see if Johnson was a ‘fit’ for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme, the team on Monday is expected to let pass the NFL’s deadline for signing franchise-tagged players to long-term deals,” writes Klein.

The 27-year-old defensive back has spent his entire five-year NFL career as a member of the Rams as it stands today. Most recently appearing in 14 regular season games in 2016-17, he recorded 57 total tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception and 11 pass defenses. However, his best single-season effort came back in 2015-16 en route to producing 71 total tackles, one fumble recovery, seven interceptions and 17 pass defenses. For his NFL career, Johnson has appeared in 69 regular-season games while posting 263 total tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, 16 interceptions and 53 pass defenses.

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