Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager reported Monday that the corner signed his $16.7 million tender.
The Rams and Johnson have until July 15 to strike a multi-year deal, but the sides don’t appear close on a long-term pact. By signing the tag, Johnson ensures the Rams can’t change course and rescind the one-year tender — a la Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers last year.
“He’s definitely a viable player, we need him,” Snead said of Johnson last week. “So now we change coordinators, Wade Phillips. It’s a different system than we had last year. But I do know this, Wade values corners.
“So, I think what we’re going to do with Trumaine, because everybody’s new, is hey, we need to work together, live together, see if we’re all a fit. Does Tru fit Wade? Does Wade fit Tru? And then at that point because it is obvious from the tag number and what corners get paid, a heavy investment and you want to be right with that. Especially when you go long term. And that’s because we got a lot of changing parts.”
If 2017 becomes a trial season and Johnson plays well, he’ll be in for another big payday on the open market next season. If he plays mediocre, the Rams paid a hefty price for a one-year experiment.