2. The NY Jets re-sign Lamarcus Joyner
The Jets had high hopes for Lamarcus Joyner entering the 2021 season. The veteran defensive back had spent the last few seasons struggling as a nickel cornerback with the Raiders, but the Jets believed that he was due for a major career resurgence in New York.
The plan was to move Joyner back to his natural free safety position — a position he thrived at during his time with the Rams. He was penciled in as a Week 1 starter opposite the incumbent Marcus Maye.
Then, disaster struck.
Just nine plays into his first season with the Jets, Joyner tore his triceps and would ultimately miss the remainder of the 2021 season. Just like that, any chance of a career resurgence went out the window.
But the Jets are prepared to give Joyner another opportunity in 2022. That's why they made the move to re-sign him to a one-year, $2.6 million contract in the offseason.
Joyner is once again a projected starter in the Jets' secondary, and all the hopes the team had for him last year have carried over into this season. Much like Harris, he's not a player who immediately comes to mind when thinking about projected starters on the team.
Make no mistake about it, though. If Joyner is the player the Jets hope he will be, the decision to re-sign him will be looked at as one of the most underrated moves of the offseason.