Figured to be the prize cornerback of free agency the past couple seasons before getting slapped with the franchise tag. Now the 28-year-old cornerback could finally be headed for free agency. Johnson pulled in a hefty $16.7 million under his second straight tag last season. Unlikely he’ll get close to that in free agency, but he will get paid well regardless as he will be in high demand.
Well, Tuesday Johnson’s place atop that list was solidified by a report from Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst among his day one combine notes.
I’m told Trumaine Johnson is the No. 1 target for the Oakland Raiders in free agency and that the team will make a pointed effort to sign the cornerback. Johnson is expected to have numerous suitors once free agency opens, and Oakland views Johnson as a great pairing with Gareon Conley.
Johnson’s pending availability on the market came clear when the Rams made the trade with the Chiefs to acquire Marcus Peters. At that time, the move was seen as a win for the Raiders, first and foremost because it removes a supreme talent like Peters from the division, but because of the fact that it signaled Johnson would be headed for free agency. The Raiders interest has long made too much sense for them not to make a serious attempt to sign him.