Faced with the impending free agency of nearly the entire secondary, and equipped with the option to control at least one of the players, the Rams zeroed in on cornerback Trumaine Johnson and applied the nonexclusive franchise tag on him Tuesday.
The salary for cornerbacks who receive the nonexclusive franchise tag will be about $14 million this season. Teams and players with the tag have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal.
If Johnson signs with another team, the Rams would receive two No. 1 draft picks as compensation.
Johnson, 6 feet 2 and 208 pounds, intercepted seven passes in 2015. He played at Stockton Edison High and at Montana before the Rams chose him in...