The Rams have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner. Because each team is only allowed to tag one player per offseason, this means that Sammy Watkins will be ticketed for free agency unless the two sides come to an agreement between now and March 14.

The Rams are still intent on keeping Watkins, according to Ian Rapoport of (Twitter link). Although the Rams value both players, tagging Joyner was the less costly option.