Trumaine Johnson could benefit from Janoris Jenkins' contract

Rams CB Trumaine Johnson will play 2016 under the franchise tag and see what 2017 will bring. Steve Dykes/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams got some level of clarity when it comes to their future at cornerback when Janoris Jenkins bolted for the New York Giants and the Rams used the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson.

For the long term, though, the Rams still have some things to figure out when it comes to the position. Coach Jeff Fisher hinted strongly at the owners meetings that the Rams would be looking at corners in this draft even after signing cornerback Coty Sensabaugh in free agency and getting E.J. Gaines back from injury.

That could be a way of finding a replacement for Jenkins but it also could be a fallback plan in case they can't or don't sign Johnson to an extension. On Wednesday, ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando took a look at the ripple effect created by some of the big contracts handed out in free agency.

As Sando points out, Jenkins' mega-deal with the Giants actually could serve to set the bar for Johnson's next contract. Which means the Rams might have rolled the dice a bit by tagging Johnson instead of Jenkins.

Looking at it from Johnson's perspective, he just signed a one-year deal for nearly $14 million, which already sets a high bar for a contract. Factor in Jenkins' deal and the fact the Rams tagged Johnson over him and it would seem reasonable to ask for a contract that starts at or above what Jenkins got from New York.

Of course, there's a full season to play between now and next year's free agency. Fisher said in Boca Raton, Florida, that the Rams are hoping to get a deal done with Johnson sooner than later. But it might be more prudent to see him prove capable of handling the No. 1 corner job for a full season before giving him that type of cash.


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John Clayton breaks down some free-agent contracts and which deals might not last as long as they're slated to.

Here's the team-by-team breakdown of every franchise's riskiest draft pick.

Paxton Lynch got mostly good reviews for his pro day.

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain writes that the Rams have big plans for quarterback Case Keenum.