After giving fans a headache and heartache as they watched top ranked free agents get set to sign their contracts, the Jets have finally made their splash in the free agency pool. One of the top ranked cornerbacks in the league plans to sign with New York, Trumaine Johnson.
Johnson is expected to sign a five-year, $72.5 million contract that includes $34 million in fully guaranteed money, plus another $11 million in injury guarantees, according to Rich Cimini. The signing is huge, considering the Jets needed a lot of help at cornerback last year. Adding Johnson, a 28 year old corner who is in the prime of his career, to a secondary that includes the highly praised rookie safety duo Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
The best cornerback available in free agency is going to the Jets https://t.co/FWcSQ4Cd1L
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2018
What Are The Jets Getting?
Through six years, Trumaine Johnson has accumulated 18 interceptions, with three defensive touchdowns to top it off. Along with turnovers, Johnson has two forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered. He has defended a total of 67 passes so far in his career.
The former Rams corner was ranked first in press coverage last year, allowing just over 40 yards all season. There is no doubt that this is a huge addition to a team who needed help over the top. His deal is more expensive than Malcolm Butler’s, who signed with the Tennessee Titans for five years at roughly $12.5 million per year.
The Jets will officially ink their newest additions to the team on Wednesday when free agency officially begins. So far, their offseason has consisted of bringing quarterback Josh McCown back another year, bringing in former Browns’ running back Isaiah Crowell, and of course, the former Rams’ cornerback Trumaine Johnson. It is also suspected that New York is finalizing a deal with Teddy Bridgewater, their Plan B option to Kirk Cousins, who was signed to Minnesota.
The Jets will still have a large amount of cash and an entire offseason to work with. Cornerback E.J. Gaines could be a target, as well as tight end Tyler Eifert and recently released wide receiver Jordy Nelson.