Jets Release CB Trumaine Johnson

Trumaine Johnson (22) at Jets Training Camp in August 2019. Photo by Duncan Williams/CSM/Shutterstock (10352062h)

After two disappointing seasons, the New York Jets are set to move on from one of the worst free agent signings in the history of the franchise.

The Jets informed cornerback Trumaine Johnson on Monday that the team plans to release him just two years after signing him to a five-year, $72.5 million contract that included $34 million in guaranteed money.

Despite the money spent on the Montana alum, New York never got much consistency or production during his short stint with the team.

Johnson was given a high-priced contract during the 2018 NFL offseason, when the Jets desperately wanted to add an impact cornerback to their roster. A third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Johnson had established himself as a solid player and starter during the first six seasons of his career with the Rams.

Things went off of the rails in New York, however, with Johnson racking up injuries, costly penalties, and lapses in concentration that didn’t appeal him to his coaching staff or Jets fans.

After playing 10 games for the Jets in 2018 and recording 4 interceptions, Johnson’s 2019 was a massive disappointment. He played only seven games, recording a single interception and being benched at times due to poor play.

Now, the team and Johnson will move on from their tumultuous two-year tenure together, and look for new opportunities.