The Los Angeles Rams are likely to move on from cornerback Trumaine Johnson (or vice versa) after the team traded for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters on Friday. Johnson has had an interesting run with the Rams, getting franchise tagged two seasons in a row, for a total of $30.69 million over a two-year period.
That’s an awful lot of money. And now he’ll be hitting free agency at the age of 28, coming off a decent year. Many believe he’ll do well with a change of scenery. He was given a 74.3 overall grade by Pro Football Focus in 2017, down six points from his 2016 and 2015 numbers. They rate him as pretty excellent in coverage and run defense.
PFF says Johnson was targeted 89 times and allowed 51 receptions for 759 yards and a touchdown while pulling down two interceptions.
Of course, this is big news for the San Francisco 49ers, who are desperately in need of a cornerback opposite Ahkello Witherspoon, a third-round pick in 2017. Johnson also has the size and length the 49ers like. He’s definitely on a list of cornerbacks the 49ers should be interested in. That also includes Malcolm Butler, Vontae Davis and probably quite a few others.
There’s also the chance that this makes it more likely wide receiver Sammy Watkins hits the open market. Watkins has been somewhat disappointing, but at 24 years old and with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, he’d be an intriguing pickup for the 49ers. The thinking here is that the Rams simply have too much money they need to commit elsewhere.