The St. Louis Rams have officially signed all of their 2012 NFL Draft picks, agreeing to terms with cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson just in time for the opening of rookie camp Wednesday.
One thing the Rams haven't been accustomed to dealing with during their time in the Gateway City is players with recurring off-the-field issues. However, the "character concerns" Jenkins and Johnson presented entering the draft weren't enough to deter the Rams. The secondary is in need of lockdown talent, especially under former Tennessee Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher's new regime.
Fisher loves to pressure the quarterback with his defensive lineman in an aggressive 4-3 scheme, and drafted Jenkins and Johnson to help give budding stars Chris Long and Robert Quinn more time to wreak havoc in the backfield. Along with former Titans' cornerback Cortland Finnegan, the Rams' secondary is shaping up to be one of the youngest, most physical and most talented in the league, at least on paper. Johnson's size could also allow him to move to safety alongside veteran Quintin Mikell.
Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, there is now a ceiling on how much a player can make in their first NFL season, which sped up negotiations for most teams compared to years' past. This CBA didn't necessarily help the Rams though; they attempted to avoid future trouble by placing incentives in Jenkins' and Johnson's rookie contracts, but ran into speed bumps when attempting to find what was permissible. This pushed negotiations right to the opening of rookie camp, but all parties are now content.
Details of the contracts have not yet been revealed.
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