The New York Jets are expected to sign cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a deal that will pay him “roughly $15 million” per year, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Johnson was the top remaining cornerback on the market after the San Francisco 49ers signed Richard Sherman and the Tennessee Titans locked up Malcolm Butler.
Johnson, 28, is a tall corner that fit the scheme the 49ers were going for, thus a lot of rumors were created. I believe the team likely rated him as one of the better corners for their scheme and on the market, but I doubt they would have considered being in on a deal that pays $15 million per year.
Again, as we noted with Butler, we don’t know the full terms of the agreement, but at these prices, I’m more than happy with the moves the 49ers have made thus far. Johnson will probably fit in well with the Jets, all things considered.
San Francisco is interested in adding another cornerback in free agency, but they were never in on guys like Johnson or Butler after the Sherman signing.