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Should the Rams franchise CB Trumaine Johnson again?

February 15, 2017 03:28AM
Should the Rams franchise CB Trumaine Johnson again?

Alden Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams went six years without utilizing the franchise tag, until they designated it for cornerback Trumaine Johnson last offseason.

Will they use it a second year in a row?

Wednesday marks the first day for teams to designate franchise or transition tags on players, with the window closing at 4 p.m. ET on March 1. Johnson played under the non-exclusive franchise tag last season and made $13.952 million. Franchising him again would increase his salary by 20 percent, to about $16.75 million. The Rams are currently projected to have about $40 million in cap space, so they certainly have the financial means.

But is Johnson worth it?

Five players -- defensive end John Abraham, kicker Phil Dawson, and linebackers Karlos Dansby, Terrell Suggs and Anthony Spencer -- have been franchised in back-to-back seasons since 2005. The last cornerback to get that treatment was Charles Woodson with the Raiders, from 2004 to '05.

The Rams chose to franchise Johnson instead of Janoris Jenkins around this time last year, prompting Jenkins to sign a five-year, $62.5 million contract with the Giants. That prompted Johnson to step in as the No. 1 corner. But his interceptions went from seven in 2015 to one, a career low, in 2016. Below is a look at the production Johnson allowed as the primary coverage defender and where those numbers ranked among the 81 cornerbacks who were on the field for at least 50 percent of defensive snaps, with stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus ...

520 receiving yards (48th)

four touchdowns (tied for 24th)

60.7 completion percentage (42nd)

1 catch for every 11 snaps (37th)

0.93 yards per coverage snap (14th)

89.4 QB rating (34th)

In a vacuum, it's easy to see that Johnson isn't worth a second franchise tag; not when you consider that only one cornerback, Darrelle Revis, made more than $16 million on a base salary last year.

Here's the problem: The Rams currently don't have much depth beyond Johnson.

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SubjectAuthorViewsPosted

  Should the Rams franchise CB Trumaine Johnson again?

RamBill657February 15, 2017 03:28AM

  Re: good question, and better note

leafnose249February 15, 2017 04:31AM

  I'd let Tru walk...claw back a 3rd round comp pick.....

SunTzu_vs_Camus221February 15, 2017 08:33AM

  Re: Should the Rams franchise CB Trumaine Johnson again?

Rams43201February 15, 2017 06:07AM

  Re: Should the Rams franchise CB Trumaine Johnson again?

Rampage153February 15, 2017 04:07PM

  No way nm

Ram49148February 15, 2017 09:06AM

  No, we have holes all over the roster

promomasterj167February 15, 2017 09:25AM

  Probably and here's why

RockRam248February 15, 2017 09:30AM

  Re: Is he worth a good OG and Center?

dzrams173February 15, 2017 10:43AM

  That is not apples to apples.

RockRam165February 17, 2017 03:54AM

  Re: That is not apples to apples.

Rams43170February 17, 2017 07:10AM

  Re: Yeah it is...

dzrams131February 17, 2017 08:36AM

  Your reasoning actually says no.

promomasterj168February 15, 2017 10:46AM

  How'd that work out last year?

Old Goat229February 15, 2017 01:07PM

  How'd it work out with Tru? - not great

promomasterj187February 15, 2017 02:07PM

  He's more than decent c'mon man

LesBaker131February 16, 2017 01:46PM

  I wish we could keep him, but not at franchise number

promomasterj131February 16, 2017 02:40PM

  Wild speculation

AlbaNY_Ram157February 16, 2017 03:38AM

  only one player worth franchise tagging on this team.....

Rampage2K-151February 16, 2017 09:21AM

  Don't forget we're going to 3-4 and don't have 4 Lb's

promomasterj138February 17, 2017 09:12AM

  Re: Don't forget we're going to 3-4 and don't have 4 Lb's

zn138February 17, 2017 09:32AM

  Re: Don't forget we're going to 3-4 and don't have 4 Lb's

dzrams122February 17, 2017 10:47AM

  Re: Don't forget we're going to 3-4 and don't have 4 Lb's

zn131February 17, 2017 11:04AM

  Re: Don't forget we're going to 3-4 and don't have 4 Lb's

dzrams127February 17, 2017 12:01PM

  Re: Don't forget we're going to 3-4 and don't have 4 Lb's

zn116February 17, 2017 12:29PM

  I wouldn't take a 17 million dollar hit

alyoshamucci144February 17, 2017 12:53PM