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    Last year, the Dolphins used the transition tag on tight end Charles Clay, who was gobbled up by a division rival with an offer sheet Miami wouldn’t match.

    In both cases, another million or two on a one-year franchise tender would have kept that from happening.

    So why do teams keep using the transition tag? Some may be doing it just to see what the player’s value is, knowing that if it’s too high they’ll let him walk. Others possibly don’t want the franchise tender to lay the foundation for a long-term deal.

    Regardless, if anyone gets the transition tag this year (the Rams have leaked that they’re considering it with cornerback Trumaine Johnson), there’s no reason to think the outcome will be any different than what has happened the last two years. Either Johnson will get an offer sheet the Rams can’t or won’t match, or he’ll get an offer sheet with a legitimate poison pill embedded in it.

    Whatever happens, don’t expect Johnson to adopt the same approach as former Steelers tackle Max Starks. When Pittsburgh applied the transition tag to Starks in 2008 — and once he realized the salary became fully guaranteed when the tender is accepted — Starks signed it. Johnson, per a league source, won’t be signing the transition tender, if it’s applied. Instead, he’ll be doing exactly what Mack did in 2014 and what Clay did in 2015: Looking aggressively for an offer from another team.


    Trumaine Johnson

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas "heard earlier this offseason" the Rams might place the transition tag on free agent LCB Trumaine Johnson.
    The Rams' goal is a long-term deal with Johnson, but the transition tag could be a way for Los Angeles to secure Johnson's 2016 rights if a longer agreement can't be reached. Only 26, Johnson is coming off a monster season in which he recorded 17 pass breakups and seven interceptions while earning a top-20 cornerback grade among 118 qualifiers from Pro Football Focus.

    Trumaine Johnson

    He just turned 26 years old last month.

    He would not cost more money then Grimes.

    He is 6' 2" tall.

    Any questions ??

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    I think the Rams are determined to keep him so we might have to look elsewhere. What I would do is release Grimes which will free up $6.5M. Then I would look to sign Sean Smith who will be cheaper than Johnson. Then draft Vernon Hargreaves in the first round. That would give us 2 different types of starting corners. Smith a big corner who can match up with the Brandon Marshalls of the world and Hargreaves who is more of a quick twitch corner who can stick with the smaller faster WR's.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FTLDOLFAN View Post
      I think the Rams are determined to keep him so we might have to look elsewhere. What I would do is release Grimes which will free up $6.5M. Then I would look to sign Sean Smith who will be cheaper than Johnson. Then draft Vernon Hargreaves in the first round. That would give us 2 different types of starting corners. Smith a big corner who can match up with the Brandon Marshalls of the world and Hargreaves who is more of a quick twitch corner who can stick with the smaller faster WR's.
      IF the article is correct, and he doesn't plan to sign his offer sheet, the Dolphins can outbid the Rams, up to a certain point of course. The worst case scenario, the Dolphins force Fisher to pay WAY more then he wanted to for a defensive back, which would serve as a Thank You for turning down the job with the Dolphins. Best case scenario would be that the Dolphins pay 'around' the same amount of money for a YOUNGER, TALLER potentially better defensive back.

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      • #4
        He's my number 1 target. As soon a FA period starts, I would knock on his door.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bahamas View Post
          He's my number 1 target. As soon a FA period starts, I would knock on his door.
          I think he's gonna be transition tagged so even if the Fins (or anyone) were to sign him to a fat contract, the Rams have the right to match...

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          • Bahamas
            Bahamas commented
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            I wouldn't go 8 per season....against the cap. I would offer him signing bonus and cap friendly 6 million per year....but yes completely agree with you...DF cue the godfather music and make him an offer

          • DolphinsFreak
            DolphinsFreak commented
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            Well, my thought process is simple here, the Dolphins are swapping cornerbacks. They have an aging cornerback who they are paying almost 8 million a season, who's wife is a total disaster, who's play on the field is declined and probably only has about two more good years in the tank. Rather then being cheapskates, like they normally are, they could think of this transaction as a TRADE-IN. They are trading in a pretty good, older cornerback for a much younger, stronger, faster, taller cornerback who doesn't have a wife that likes to tell locker room secrets. He could AVERAGE 8 million a season but they spread it out over MULTIPLE years. I would sign him to a long -term contract. A 6-year deal with the bulk of the money on the tail end. Let Johnson know that either his signature is going to be on that contract or.............

          • Driven_Phinsane!
            Driven_Phinsane! commented
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            Excellent idea DF, especially as you said, we'd just be trading salaries by cutting Grimes...

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