Rams’ Trumaine Johnson Focused On The Field, Commitment To Team
On draft night, the Patriots contacted the Rams about a potential trade which would send Johnson to New England.
Despite the potential to go to a perennial Super Bowl champion, Johnson wanted to stay in Los Angeles with the Rams.
“I wanted to be here,” Johnson said.
“I wanted to continue to be here with my teammates, and continue to build chemistry with my teammates and new coaches. I started with the Rams and I wanted to be here with the Rams; my loyalty’s with them. But things didn’t happen.”
Johnson didn’t want to sign long-term with the Patriots, which some consider to be the deal-breaker in negotiations.
But Johnson has no regrets.
In fact, Johnson has come into camp focused.
“Just controlling what I can control, being positive through it all,” Johnson said.
“The biggest thing was that I wanted a big contract. It didn’t happen. But I wasn’t going to be sad or mad about it. Just looking at the big picture, I want to win games. And that’s my overall goal right now.”
But Rams’ camp has been a bit different this year, due to the absence of Aaron Donald who is currently holding out in hopes for a new deal.
“We’d love to have him here, but at the same time, I know what he’s going through,” Johnson said of Donald.
“I’ve been through it. It’s a business at the end of the day. He’s a very valuable player. Hopefully he gets what he’s asking for.”
And about a contract extension, Johnson is keeping his focus 100% on the field right now.
“I’m not in the future right now,” Johnson said regarding a contract extension.
“I’m just waiting until it happens, at the end of the year. Go from there.”