The Los Angeles Rams have a bit better idea of what their secondary will look like moving forward. The Rams announced last week that cornerback Trumaine Johnson had accepted the franchise tag offer placed on him by the organization. On the other side of the field, fellow cornerback Janoris Jenkins felt disrespected by the $9 million a year offer the organization made him which would have put him, quite literally, just outside the top ten best paid cornerbacks in the league. While not much news has come out on Rodney McLeod, a quick glance at his Twitter timeline would suggest he isn't worrying about contract negotiations and still wants to be a Ram.
Whether or not Jenkins will get the kind of cash he is looking for on the open market is up for debate, but teams are going to take a look at the number of touchdowns he gave up, whereas Trumaine Johnson's stats prove that he carried more than his share of the burden in the defensive secondary. All of that could lead Jenkins back to the Rams, but business 101 says the Rams will have a much different number in mind should he come back with his hat in hand, especially after his comments on Twitter.
Jenkins is worth whatever he can get on the open market and his talent certainly made him worth at least $9 million per year for the Rams. Time will tell if he overplayed his hand, but the Rams played the percentages on this one and locked up the cornerback with the more consistent numbers throughout their careers. As former Chicago Bears safety Cam Worrell has mentioned several times on the LA Rams Report's Fipping Tables podcast, coverage safeties are hard to find and the Rams know they have a good one in McLeod. Locking up McLeod and Johnson seemed to be a bigger priority than making Jenkins one of the ten highest-paid cornerbacks in the league.
One thing is for sure, though; E.J. Gaines is about to step right into the spotlight.