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Snead, Johnson Express Interest in Contract Extension

Posted Apr 26, 2017

Both GM Les Snead and CB Trumaine Johnson said they would like to get an extension done to keep the defensive back with the club long term.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson has been the subject of much offseason speculation. After signing his franchise tender for the second year in a row, rumors circulated of the possibility that the defensive back could be traded.

Nevertheless, Johnson has been an active participant in Los Angeles’ offseason program. And on Tuesday, general manager Les Snead said he doesn’t anticipate moving Johnson in the near future.

“No, right now, I think we’re more into OTAs and let’s see if we can get something done by the end of this thing,” Snead said, referring to a long-term contract extension. “That’s where we’re at right now.”

Head coach Sean McVay said he’s been pleased with Johnson from being around him over the first few weeks of the offseason program.

“He’s done a great job. Getting around these players for the first time, starting out in Phase I a couple weeks ago, he’s handled himself like a true pro,” McVay said, adding Johnson’s attention to detail in meetings has been great. “He’s a leader and that’s what you expect from a top-caliber corner like he is. And we’re fortunate to have him.”

Johnson echoed that sentiment in his own media session after the team’s first voluntary veteran minicamp practice on Tuesday.

“I’m glad to be a Ram, point blank,” Johnson said. “Coming out here, it’s a privilege to play football. I’m glad I’m on the team, and I’m with the Rams.”

Johnson said he’s mostly let his agent handle his contract status, knowing he’ll be advised when his input is needed.

“This whole month and a half I’ve been controlling what I can control, and that’s working out, I’m not worried about that,” Johnson said. “I’ll know when it comes, and when it comes, I’ll handle it.”

Though nothing is guaranteed at this point, Johnson said he’s still hoping to reach a deal with the Rams.

“Of course, I love these guys,” Johnson said. “I’m here because I love my teammates. I don’t want to leave and hopefully we get a long-term deal.”