ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The St. Louis Rams will have all ten draft picks under contract as rookie practices begin on Wednesday. Less than a day before training camp begins, the Rams agreed on contracts with cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson.
Rams/NFL insider Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch & KMOX Sports broke the news reporting that Jenkins got a 4-year deal while the terms of Johnson’s deal are currently unknown.
Before a deal was announced with the Rams and second-round pick Janoris Jenkins, reports about negotiations between both parties had not been optimistic. Now, the new deal can be worth up to $5 million and possibly more than $3 million guaranteed. According to Jim Thomas via Twitter: ‘Jenkins’ contract has the highest percentage of guaranteed money of any 2nd-rounder in this year’s draft.’
The most recent dispute that reportedly took place between the Rams and Jenkins, along with his agent Malik Shareef, was about possibly splitting his signing bonus over time rather than giving the entire sum at once. Considering Jenkins’ off-the-field issues, the Rams were wanting to hand out money by increments.
Jenkins was the third player taken by the Rams last April out of the University of North Alabama. The 5’10″ former All-American, plus standout for the University of Florida, is expected to compete for a starting position on a defense that had six cornerbacks on injured reserve a season ago.
Trumaine Johnson’s another cornerback that was taken in the third round out of the University of Montana. Like Jenkins, he also will be battling for key role on the Rams’ defense, if not a starting spot.
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