Rams officially place franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson

In less than surprising news, the Los Angeles Rams have officially placed the franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson for the second consecutive year.

If signed, this means that Johnson will earn nearly $16 million in guaranteed money for the 2017 season. Of course, the hope here is that the two sides can work out a long-term extension before this comes to fruition.

It’s likely of the non-exclusive variety, meaning another team could swoop in and sign Johnson to an offer sheet while sending two first-round picks back to the Rams in return. That’s a highly unlikely scenario at this point.

Johnson, 27, is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him record 57 tackles, an interception and 11 passes defended.

The former third-round pick from Montana is the first cornerback to be franchised in consecutive seasons since Charles Woodson back in 2004 and 2005.