THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Cornerback Trumaine Johnson surprised the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday by not showing up for voluntary organized team activities.
Johnson was absent when the Rams began their second week of workouts under their new coaching staff.
When asked why the high-priced defensive back didn’t return for the second week of workouts that could be a key to his long-term future with the team, head coach Sean McVay was uncertain.
“We weren’t expecting him not to be here, but I’m sure that we’ll find that out,” McVay said. “He’s done a great job communicating with us, but I’m not really sure where he was today.”
McVay noted that the workouts are not mandatory, but Johnson and star defensive lineman Aaron Donald appeared to be the only key players absent.
Johnson is likely to be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL if he plays for the second straight year under the franchise tag. He is scheduled to make $16.74 million this season.
Johnson and the Rams had planned to wait on discussions for a long-term extension until after offseason workouts conclude with a minicamp in mid-June.