New York Jets: Trumaine Johnson is the worst free-agent signing in team history
By Benjamin Geller
The New York Jets have had a lot of terrible free-agent signings, but none have been worse than Trumaine Johnson. Here are all the details.
The New York Jets have struggled with fixing the corner position since the Darrelle Revis, and Antonio Cromartie era ended years ago.
Countless corners came in and went right out the door after the team realized they would not be able to do the job through failed draft picks and poor development.
In 2018 the Jets signed Trumaine Johnson, a star corner from the Los Angeles Rams to a five year $72.5 million deal. At the time, it seemed like the perfect signing to lock up a number one corner for the future. It turned out to be an epic failure.
Johnson did not play most of last year due to injuries and when he’s been on the field this year he’s been an embarrassment. He got benched on several occasions for corners the team just promoted from the practice squad. Not only did this signing not work, but the Jets are paying a fortune for it.
It looks like one of the worst moves in franchise history.
The Jets signed nickel corner Brian Poole to a one year $3.5 million contract so they can fill the void of losing Buster Skrine. He has performed surprisingly well and even better than Johnson, who was a prized free agent.
It looks even worse now than originally, with Johnson being benched in several games this season for a variety of different reasons. One of the main reasons is the lack of effort, which is appalling for a professional in any field.
Now the franchise needs to find a suitable corner from somewhere else while knowing they have $72.5 million of wasted money. The money could have been used to improve a maligned offensive line.
Good franchises never make mistakes that cost them this much money while not making an effort to fix the situation. The lack of awareness to move Johnson a year after they got him resulted in nobody wanting him.
The Johnson signing is the worst major free-agent deal the Jets have ever done, and they are paying the dividends now.
When a team is 1-7 and out of the playoffs, the best players need to take leadership, but one of the most talented has no intention of giving any effort for the team anymore.