Arguably the New York Jets biggest free agent signing this offseason, cornerback Trumaine Johnson is ready to be a top-flight cornerback for the team. Here’s a look at everything he brings to the table heading into training camp.
The New York Jets added a major piece to their secondary this offseason, signing free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a five year, $72.5 million contract, including $34 million in guaranteed money.
Johnson was a great cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams from 2012-2017 and the Jets are hoping he can be a lockdown No. 1 cornerback for them as well. Johnson played under two franchise tags during his time with the Rams, 2015 and 2017, and will be looking to make his old team regret their decision in letting him walk in free agency.
2017 SEASON REVIEW
Johnson was the top corner for the Rams in 2017, leading the team with 13 pass deflections. He also recorded 57 tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. The Rams decided not to bring back Johnson, acquiring cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters via trades with the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Johnson’s best season of his career was in 2015 when he recorded 58 tackles, 17 pass deflections, and seven interceptions. Johnson still has that superstar potential and the Jets realized that with the massive contract they gave him.
The safety tandem of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye playing alongside Johnson will only make the Jets secondary that much better. Johnson has a great shot at being the team’s MVP this season because his potentially strong play could rub off on the younger defensive backs, helping create an elite secondary.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Johnson will make the team because the Jets invested a massive amount of money in him becoming their top cornerback. The coaching staff is hoping Johnson can play at the same elite level that Darrelle Revis did during his time with the Jets. Expect to see Johnson voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and lead the team in interceptions.