After the disastrous 2016 season, the Los Angeles Rams now find themselves entering a new era. Head coach Sean McVay has taken charge as the youngest head coach in the NFL, hoping to guide this offensive unit to strong results. On other end, legendary coach and defensive coordinator Wade Philips is set to take over the defense, which spent time in top 10 last season.
The defense anchored the Rams during the 4-12 season, often keeping them close in games when the offense couldn’t do much. Although Pro-Bowler Aaron Donald held down the line, cornerback Trumaine Johnson was a strong option in the secondary.
Johnson often times was left isolated in the secondary, as former head coach Jeff Fisher had to compensate in other areas. The third-round pick was slotted against the opposing team’s best receiver, with plenty of 1-on-1 situations.
After the Rams placed the franchise tag on Johnson, they decided to place him on the trading block to see his value on the market. After over a month without any indications, it seems as though the Rams have decided to keep him through the 2017 season, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2017
Johnson was signed to the $16.42 million deal when the Rams placed the franchise tag, not wanting him to test the free agent market. This now marks the second consecutive season Johnson will play under the franchise tag.
During the 2016 season, Johnson collected 47 tackles (10 assisted), 11 passes defended, one fumble recovery and one interception in 14 starts that season.
With Phillips now taking over the priorities on defense, the Rams are expected to continue where they left off. They also signed versatile defender Connor Barwin, to add the edge presence for the Rams.