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Jets should pursue Trumaine Johnson in free agency

By Luis Tirado Jr.
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Cornerback Trumaine Johnson #22 of the Los Angeles Rams during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Cornerback Trumaine Johnson #22 of the Los Angeles Rams during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are in dire need of infusing their defensive secondary with a better cornerback or two this offseason. Trumaine Johnson would be exactly what the Jets need and then some.

Last season, the cornerback situation of the New York Jets left much to be desired. They had spurts of playing well defensively thanks to Morris Claiborne and at times Buster Skrine. Unfortunately for both, they weren’t consistent when it came to covering opposing receiving options and got burned a lot of times by tight ends or speedy players.

Let’s face it, Skrine isn’t a true No. 1 cornerback since he struggled all season long to be consistent in his coverage and ability to shut down an opposing team’s top receiving target. He’s great as a backup or even in certain defensive situations but in the grand scheme of things, can’t get the job done as a starter.

It’s imperative that the Jets add a premier cornerback to the mix since both starters in Claiborne and Skrine have dealt with nagging injuries throughout the year that has limited their defensive abilities. The Jets need to explore all possible upgrades, especially if Trumaine Johnson does indeed hit free agency this offseason since he’d be a perfect fit with the Jets.

So far in his career with the Los Angeles Rams, Johnson has totaled 281 tackles, 18 interceptions, and three fumble recoveries. Johnson has a knack for always being around the football and being a smart defender that makes his presence known all game long.

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If the Jets land a player of such caliber, it would undoubtedly bolster their cornerback situation with a starter capable of being a difference-maker week in, week out. Johnson will more than likely command top dollar should he hit free agency but if he does, would be a huge acquisition by the Jets to address an immediate need.

While the Jets cornerback situation did improve in 2017 compared to what fans saw in 2016, it still is missing that playmaking factor. Considering that Johnson has also returned three of his 18 interceptions for a touchdown would be a great attribute to have since it’s been quite a long time since the Jets defensive secondary had a pick-six.

Overall, pursuing Johnson in free agency is a no-brainer if he hits the market as the Jets would tremendously benefit if they acquired his services. Not only would he be worth every penny but at just 28-years-old, has his prime football years ahead of him while bringing an immediate impact in 2018 and beyond.

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