The Los Angeles Rams declined to franchise tag Trumaine Johnson. Instead they made a couple moves this off season that might have made their secondary a lot better.
The Rams acquired Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, along with their 2018 sixth round selection. As well as Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos. While the Rams only had to give up a 2018 fourth round pick, a 2018 fifth round pick and a 2019 sixth round selection.
Peters is young and cheap, still playing on his rookie contract. He has picked off 19 balls in his first three seasons! His numbers have led him to two Pro Bowls already.
Peters though is a headcase. Constantly clashing with management, the Rams took a chance on this great talent to try and straighten him out. If young coach Sean McVay can reach Peters, then the Rams might have one of the best corners in the game for years to come.
Talib on the other hand is a proven veteran. He has already played under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, winning a Super Bowl together back in 2016. His play for Denver gave the Broncos the nickname “No Fly Zone” for the small amount of passing yards they would give up each game.
The Rams decided to use their franchise tag on Lamarcus Joyner, a defensive back like Trumaine Johnson. Johnson might have been better but bringing in Talib and Peters could pay out huge in the long run while Joyner plays behind them in the safety position.
The Rams looked mighty good last year and appear to be getting better. We’ll have to wait and see if Talib and Peters can take them to the next step.