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  • Rams place franchise tag on DB Joyner

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    More to come....

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    • AvengerRam
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      Non-exclusive means Joyner can negotiate with other teams, but if he signs an offer sheet, the Rams can match. If they don't, the other team must give the Rams two first round picks as compensation.

      Seems to me that no team would do that, so the only way Joyner would leave would be if (1) another team signs Joyner, (2) the Rams don't match, and (3) the Rams agree to take less than two first round picks (I'm, frankly, not even sure this would be allowed).

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    Rams Place Franchise Tag on Lamarcus Joyner
    Posted 2 hours ago
    Myles Simmons
    Rams Insider
    @MylesASimmons

    The Rams have elected to place the non-exclusive franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner, in all likelihood keeping him with the franchise for the 2018 season.

    This is the third year in a row — and ninth time in team history — that the Rams have elected to use the franchise tag. Joyner was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 14 at the expiration of his rookie contract.

    The non-exclusive franchise tag is the same designation the Rams placed on cornerback Trumaine Johnson for the last two years. It is a one-year tender offer for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the players position over the past five years.

    While said player can still negotiate with other teams, the original club has the right to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation, should he sign with another club.

    Selected by the Rams in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Joyner played his best professional season in 2017. After spending the first three years of his career mainly as a slot corner, Los Angeles elected to move Joyner to free safety. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said that as one of the Rams’ best defensive players,

    this change would allow Joyner to make the most impact.

    Joyner proved Phillips correct, as he recorded a career-high three interceptions — one of which he returned for a touchdown — seven pass breakups, and a forced fumble to go along with 61 total tackles.

    At the NFL Combine, head coach Sean McVay called bringing back Joyner for 2018 “a huge priority for us.”

    “I think some of the things he can do in Wade’s system makes him a huge priority. He’s a great person as well,” McVay said. “He kind of represents a lot of the things that are right about your locker room and kind of what you want guys to embody from a football character standpoint, the way they attack every single day. And Lamarcus is somebody that’s very important and we’d like to get him re-signed for sure.”

    Los Angeles may still negotiate a long-term deal with Joyner through July 16.

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    • #4
      Rams use franchise tag on Lamarcus Joyner
      3:03 PM ET
      ESPN

      The Los Angeles Rams placed their non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive back Lamarcus Joyner on Tuesday, the last day for NFL teams to use the designation.

      The value of the tag for Joyner is $11.287 million for the 2018 season. The Rams, who would still like to sign Joyner to a long-term deal, have until July 15 to sign him to a multiyear contract or he will have to play the season on the franchise tag.

      This marks the third straight year the Rams have placed the franchise tag on a defensive back. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson had received the tag the past two offseasons. He will be an unrestricted free agent on March 14 when the new league year begins.

      The Rams' decision to franchise Joyner also means that wide receiver Sammy Watkins will be an unrestricted free agent next week. The Rams' franchise decision came down to Joyner or Watkins.

      Watkins is open to returning to the Rams but also anticipates a strong market in free agency, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

      Because the team is using its non-exclusive tag, Joyner is free to sign an offer sheet with another team. Should the Rams choose not to match an offer sheet for Joyner, they would be due two first-round draft picks from his new team.

      Joyner spent his first three seasons primarily as a slot corner for the Rams, but he excelled when given a chance to play safety under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in 2017. Joyner earned the third-highest grade among safeties by Pro Football Focus, finishing with three interceptions -- after not recording any in the previous three years -- and 49 tackles in 12 games.

      Joyner, 27, allowed a 31.8 passer rating when targeted and 0.36 yards per coverage snaps, ranked 12th among 59 safeties, according to Pro Football Focus. He was one of only two safeties to not miss a tackle in the passing game, and he also covered slot receivers when needed.

      Joyner is an aggressive hitter with great ball skills. He was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft after a standout stint as a safety at Florida State, but he played only in sub-packages with the Rams while under Jeff Fisher.

      ESPN's Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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      • #5
        Rams apply franchise tag to safety Lamarcus Joyner
        By RICH HAMMOND | rhammond@scng.com | Orange County Register
        PUBLISHED: March 6, 2018 at 10:28 am | UPDATED: March 6, 2018 at 10:38 am

        Perhaps no player on the Rams’ roster made a bigger transition than Lamarcus Joyner, who went from disgruntled cornerback to “franchise” safety, a move the Rams made official Tuesday.

        Joyner received an non-exclusive franchise tag from the Rams, which means they are all but guaranteed to keep him under control for the 2018 season and not lose him to free agency this month.

        The use of the non-exclusive tag, rather than the exclusive-rights tag, means Joyner can negotiate and sign an offer sheet with another team this month. The Rams then would have the right to match the offer sheet or decline it and receive two first-round picks, a hefty sum which makes an offer sheet unlikely.

        The Rams debated internally whether to tag Joyner or receiver Sammy Watkins, who now becomes a top candidate to leave when the league’s free-agent negotiation period begins Monday. It remains possible the Rams could re-sign Watkins, and other pending free agents, before that day.

        In tagging Joyner, though, the Rams ensured a valuable part of their 2017 defense will return, during a time of some tumult. The Rams already have traded veteran linebacker Robert Quinn and could lose linebacker Connor Barwin and cornerback Trumaine Johnson to free agency.

        Joyner, who is set to enter his fifth NFL season, has been slowed at times by minor injuries but is coming off a breakthrough season in which he recorded the first three interceptions of his career.

        Undersized, and listed at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, Joyner is aggressive and looked comfortable at free safety last season. A year earlier, Joyner expressed frustration to then-coach Jeff Fisher, and even mentioned the idea of quitting football, due to unhappiness with his role. Joyner settled in nicely in 2017.

        Joyner is expected to remain in a safety partnership with John Johnson, who rose into a starting role last season after being drafted in the third round.

        The Rams had hoped to sign Joyner to a new long-term contract by now. The franchise tag includes a contract worth almost $11.3 million. Even if (as is expected) Joyner accepts that tendered contract, the Rams still have until mid-July to reach a new deal with Joyner that would override the tag tender.

        Matters are less complicated for Watkins and the Rams’ other pending free agents, a list that also includes Barwin, center John Sullivan and cornerbacks Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

        After two trades, which brought in cornerback Marcus Peters and sent out Quinn, the Rams have approximately $46 million in salary-cap space, and they can add another $3 million to that if, as expected, they cut receiver Tavon Austin in the coming weeks.

        That’s a solid amount of cap space, but many other teams also have plentiful space, so the market for free agents should be strong. The Rams also must keep in mind star defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who is under contract for 2018 but seeks a massive new deal.

        Among the Rams’ high-profile pending free agents, Robey-Coleman and Sullivan seem most likely to return. The Rams now run the risk of losing Watkins, whom they acquired ni August in a trade that sent cornerback E.J. Gaines and this year’s second-round draft pick to Buffalo.

        If he reaches the free-agent market, Watkins will be highly coveted, even though he totaled only 39 receptions and 593 yards last season. Watkins did catch eight touchdowns, and the Rams would like to retain him, with the belief a full season in their system will lead to on-field improvements.

        The Rams hope to remain in contact with players such as Johnson and Watkins, even if they’re unsigned when the negotiation period begins Monday. That period lasts 48 hours, and then on March 14, players officially become free agents and can sign new contracts.

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        • #6
          Really shouldn't come as a shock when you think about it. Trumaine Johnson will test free agency. Kayvon Webster tore his Achilles and won't be ready. EJ Gaines is long gone. What were the Rams going to do? Let Joyner also get away then draft three corners? Sign some aging vet to plug a gap? Simply can't do that if you wish to maintain a formidable defense. I agree with what they've done here in tagging Joyner. You can't keep losing corners and relying on the defensive line to mask weaknesses in your secondary.

          The receiving corps, on the other hand has developed into a decent unit even without Watkins. Woods, Kupp, Cooper and possibly Reynolds and Thomas could round out a nice group. And you can always draft a guy. No question Watkins has ability and is a guy I'd like to keep, but the receiving depth made him less valuable than Joyner.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post

            Really shouldn't come as a shock when you think about it. Trumaine Johnson will test free agency. Kayvon Webster tore his Achilles and won't be ready. EJ Gaines is long gone. What were the Rams going to do? Let Joyner also get away then draft three corners? Sign some aging vet to plug a gap? Simply can't do that if you wish to maintain a formidable defense. I agree with what they've done here in tagging Joyner. You can't keep losing corners and relying on the defensive line to mask weaknesses in your secondary.

            The receiving corps, on the other hand has developed into a decent unit even without Watkins. Woods, Kupp, Cooper and possibly Reynolds and Thomas could round out a nice group. And you can always draft a guy. No question Watkins has ability and is a guy I'd like to keep, but the receiving depth made him less valuable than Joyner.

            ¡Sí señor, totalmente de acuerdo! --


            Totally agree, yes sir! Hopefully, we'll be able to keep both Joyner and Watkins so we can eat the cake too.

            And then some.

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