According to the twitter account of Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Rams have reportedly agreed to terms with their only two previously unsigned rookies: second-round cornerback Janoris Jenkins and third-round corner Trumaine Johnson.
Thomas, in regard to Jenkins, first shared the following tweet:
Rams agree to terms w/2nd round draft pick, cb janoris jenkins.
Moments later, Thomas shared the monetary details of the deal:
Jenkins 4-year deal is worth about 5 million and includes 3.1 million in guaranteed money.
Finally, the Rams beat writer for stltoday.com shared this interesting nugget regarding the guaranteed money that is reportedly a part of Jenkins' contract:
Clarifying earlier tweet, Jenkins is believed to have largest increase in % of guaranteed money (over 2011 draft) of any 2nd-rounder.
St. Louis fans will be breathing a sigh of relief knowing that Jenkins will be in town and ready to roll once the full squad training camp kicks off on Sunday, July 29.
A few weeks ago, Jason Cole of yahoo.com reported that the Rams wanted Jenkins' finances to be managed by someone of the Rams' choosing.
Later, Cole reported that St. Louis wanted to place safeguards in Jenkins' rookie contract.
Although it is still unclear if the Rams received those safeguards, including the payment of his signing bonus in several installments makes it appear likely that they did.
When considering the aforementioned report by Thomas that Jenkins' deal will receive the highest percentage of guaranteed money ever for a second-rounder, one would have to conclude that their was likely a trade-off included that would involve the Rams getting concessions regarding a multi-tiered approach to the payout of the signing bonus.
Head coach Jeff Fisher has stated that he expects Jenkins to start opposite of Cortland Finnegan, and thus, is expected to play a critical role in the Rams 2012 defense.
I expect Jenkins to be the Rams single most impactful rookie, as detailed here.
As for Johnson, Thomas reported the following via his twitter account:
Rams 3rd-round draft pick, cb trumaine johnson, agrees to terms.
Johnson figures into the mix at cornerback, and actually played college ball with at the University of Montana with suspended Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' son, St. Louis defensive assistant Blake Williams.
Although Jeff Fisher has said he expects Johnson to remain at cornerback, there has continued to be speculation that the big, physical defensive back could move to safety.
The Rams have now agreed to terms with all 10 of this year's draft picks and are set to open training camp on Sunday with no holdouts or contractually related distractions.
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