Rams Like Josh JohnsonFebruary 20th, 2010
As the quarterback-strapped Rams sniff around to overhaul their offense, it seems they like what they smell in 23-year-old. Josh Johnson, Raheem The Dream’s “career backup.”
Chris Steuber, of Scout.com/FOXSports.com, is reporting the Bucs and Rams have discussed the Rams trading the No. 1 pick for the Bucs’ No. 3 overall pick plus the Bucs’ third round pick and Josh Johnson.
Again, these discussions have been exploratory, as the Rams continue to investigate all of their options, but the deal involving the Rams and Bucs first round picks and Tampa Bay’s third round pick, not one of their second-round picks, is where it gets interesting.
A source close to the situation in St. Louis told me that if a deal with the Eagles can’t be consummated prior to the draft, they may take the Bucs third round pick over one of their second round picks, because they’re “very high” on third-year quarterback Josh Johnson, who they would insist being in a potential trade with Tampa Bay.
Joe sincerely hopes Mark Dominik laughed — at least on the inside — at the Rams executive who pitched him this deal. The Bucs are in no position to give up a third round pick, and Johnson definitely has value as a backup quarterback.
Plus, Johnson may be one of the Bucs’ answers at wide receiver. Remember? Johnson was a secret receiver weapon in training last season before the braintrust decided to make him the starting QB.
Joe suspects Johnson could catch at least 16 balls like Michael Clayton did last year, for about 90 percent less money.