Cornerback Trumaine Johnson was franchise-tagged by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday.
It was a smart move by the Rams, considering he had seven interceptions last season—just one off the NFL lead—and now has 15 in his four-year career. He also had 17 passes defended. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com apparently is fond of Johnson's game:
The more I watch Trumaine Johnson, the more I like.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) February 17, 2016
He is one of the best young corners in the league, as noted by this stat Evan Silva of Rotoworld tweeted:
PFF charted #Rams UFA CB Trumaine Johnson with a 55.0 passer rating on throws into his coverage, 2nd best in NFL behind Josh Norman in 2015.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 20, 2016
The Rams freed up $23 million by cutting veterans James Laurinaitis, Chris Long and Jared Cook, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the average transition-tag salary for cornerbacks in 2016 will be around $11.7 million, although that's $2 million cheaper than the average franchise tag.