The Rams have been anything but quiet leading up to free agency and the draft in April.
Most moves have been made on the defensive side of the ball which took a step back last season from their glory in 2016.
Rams are now officially moving on from their twice-franchised CB Trumaine Johnson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2018
But it makes financial sense:
Trumaine Johnson made $16.7 million last season.
Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters will make a combined $12.7 million this year.
The Rams secondary will look very different this season with Marcus Peters and Talib manning the field.
Trumaine Johnson is by no means a bum, and will command a hefty contract of his own.
It makes all the sense in the world for the Rams to make this move.
Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters have combined for 7 Pro Bowls and 2 first-team All-Pros. They're each signed through 2019 and will combine to cost about $30M for two seasons. The Rams will also probably get a third-round compensatory pick for Trumaine Johnson in next year's draft.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 9, 2018
They will now get a compensatory pick for Johnson in the future. That's probably similar to the return on the trade market for Johnson right now.
As for Johnson, he can now decide where he goes. He will draw interest from several teams looking for secondary depth.
Now the only question is where the Rams' new ceiling is as a team because it seems to be limitless with their new additions.