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Rams Open to Extension Talk With Trumaine Johnson

The Rams are now open to signing Johnson to a long-term deal.

One of the first roster moves of the offseason for the Los Angeles Rams was inking veteran cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a second consecutive franchise tag worth $16.7 million for next season. 

However, since then there has been a cloud of uncertainty surrounding his future with the team due to trade rumors floating around days after he inked his new contract last month. With the Rams unable to move Johnson, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez is reporting that the front office is now open to the idea of locking him up to a long-term deal. 

The Rams' offseason program starts Monday, and cornerback Trumaine Johnson -- shopped this offseason -- will be present. Rams are not ruling out a trade, but they would've preferred to get a deal done before the start of their program. Plan now is to let the program play out and try to broach the possibility of an extension before the July 15 deadline.

Los Angeles has a few months to work out a new contract with the 27-year-old ahead of the deadline. If they are able to get an extension in place, it could lower his 2017 salary, which would free up more salary-cap space to utilize in their efforts in signing other key defensive players on the roster to extensions such as linebacker Alec Ogletree, safety Maurice Alexander, and Lamarcus Joyner, who are all set to become unrestricted free agents next offseason.

Johnson had his fair share of struggles in 2016 recording 57 total tackles, 11 pass deflection, and one interception in 14 games played. According to Pro Football Focus, he graded out as the 27th overall player at his position (81.0), 26th in pass coverage (81.6), and 98th against the run (39.2). He also allowed an 83.7 passer rating in coverage while giving up eight touchdowns, which was tied for the eighth-most in the NFL. 

Despite these issues, Johnson has been one of their most reliable defensive backs over his first several seasons in the league. The Rams have also provided more help in the secondary with the free-agent signings of cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman that should also help mask the loss of safety T.J. McDonald to the Miami Dolphins

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.

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