As we heard on Sunday, after firing his previous agent, Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins is expected to hire Neil Schwartz for representation, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter links), who says the move will become official after the five-day waiting period ends on March 3rd.
Meanwhile, Jenkins took to Twitter last night with a message presumably inspired by contract talks with the Rams, which are now on hold: “Total disrespect when u held down one side all 4 years and force the ball the other way.. #ThanksButNoThanks”
Sunday’s report from Jason Cole of Bleacher Report indicated that Jenkins had balked at an offer from the Rams worth $45MM over five years, though it’s not clear how much of that money would have been guaranteed. Jordan Raanan of NJ.com tweets that he has heard Jenkins is seeking upwards of $12MM annually.
The Rams are considered very likely to use their franchise or transition tag on either Jenkins or fellow free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Although Johnson is currently viewed as the stronger candidate of the two corners to be franchised, perhaps the lack of progress made in negotiations with Jenkins will prompt Los Angeles to tag him and focus on reaching a long-term agreement with Johnson.
The Rams will have until Tuesday at 3:00pm central time to make their decision. If the club opts to use the franchise tag, it will cost $13.952MM, while the transition tag will be worth $11.913MM.
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