The Trumaine Johnson era in New York has come to an end. The Jets have reportedly decided to release the 30-year-old cornerback, who signed a massive five-year, $72.5 million deal with the team in 2018. He only started 15 games during his two-year stint in the Meadowlands.
While it's safe to say he didn't exactly pan out with the Jets, perhaps a change of scenery could help him revitalize his career. With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Johnson in free agency.
1. Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders finished as the league's third-worst pass defense in the 2019 regular season, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. While this defense has holes all over the lineup, cornerback is undoubtedly one of its biggest needs. Given how poorly his tenure in New York went, Johnson shouldn't exactly command a huge deal, making him a nice low-cost, high-upside option for Jon Gruden.
2. Detroit Lions
Like the Raiders, the Detroit Lions were one of the NFL's worst pass defenses last season. The team finished as the fourth-worst unit against the pass by DVOA, and the secondary could be getting even worse in 2020. There are a ton of rumors swirling about the team's best cornerback, Darius Slay. Regardless of Slay's future with the team, the Lions could kick the tires on Johnson in hopes that he could resurrect his career in Detroit.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Johnson began his career in the NFC West, with the then-St. Louis Rams, and returning to the division could make a ton of sense. The Arizona Cardinals had the sixth-worst pass defense per DVOA, and they surrendered the second-most passing yards per game (281.9). If Johnson can get right, he's certainly talented enough to be a solid option opposite Arizona's star cornerback, Patrick Peterson.
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