The Rams made one big move in their secondary last week, and would prefer not to make another.
That means getting something done with safety Lamarcus Joyner, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month. An underrated member of the Rams’ defense in 2017, Joyner might be the hinge to the rest of the Rams’ offseason, and the Rams recognize the need for urgency.
“I think it’s a huge priority for us,” Coach Sean McVay told reporters at the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday morning.
Combine week is about identifying prospects, and the Rams figure to take a long look at offensive linemen and edge rushers in advance of the draft, which will be held April 26-28 in Dallas.
By then, the Rams hope to have solidified their secondary. They went bold last week and agreed to a trade with Kansas City that will bring in cornerback Marcus Peters for two draft picks. McVay on Wednesday even hinted at the possibility of the return of pending free agent Trumaine Johnson.
The cog, though, might be Joyner, a four-year pro who made a successful move from nickelback to safety in 2017. Joyner had three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Joyner had a salary-cap hit of only $1.6 million in 2017, which was the final year of his rookie contract. The Rams would like to cement a long-term pairing of Joyner and John Johnson at safety.
New contract for safety Lamarcus Joyner is a ‘huge priority’ for Rams
Orange County Register | Mar 1