Johnson Signs Franchise Tender

Posted Mar 4, 2016

Los Angeles placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on CB Trumaine Johnson earlier this week.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- While it wasn’t the first headline of the day, the Rams were able to get an important aspect of free agency accomplished to start the weekend, as cornerback Trumaine Johnson signed his franchise tender.

Head coach Jeff Fisher took note of the event during his press conference on Friday afternoon.

“Trumaine signed his franchise tender, which was good today,” Fisher said. “So we’ve got to focus on a number of the other players if we want to get done before the tampering period starts.”

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By signing the tender, Johnson will, at least, be under a one-year contract with Los Angeles for 2016. Because he was given the non-exclusive franchise tag, other teams may negotiate with the cornerback. But if they reach a free-agent deal, that team will owe the Rams two first-round draft picks as compensation.

Additionally, Los Angeles has until the July 15 deadline to negotiate a long-term deal with Johnson.

With this aspect of the Johnson deal complete, the Rams can continue their objective of re-signing the unrestricted free agent members of their secondary. Aside from Johnson, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, safety Rodney McLeod, and safety Mark Barron are also slated to hit free agency with the new league year next week.

“Our main focus right now is on our guys. That’s really important to us,” Fisher said.

Both Fisher and general manager Les Snead have maintained since the start of the offseason that they’d like to keep all four of those players together. Last week at the NFL Combine, Snead classified the proposition as a challenge, but a realistic one given the team’s circumstances.