Trumaine Johnson has been an expensive disappointment for the Jets

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When the Jets signed cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a five-year, $72 million contract this offseason, the thought was he should come in and immediately improve the Jets’ defense. In a sense, he did, as he intercepted a pass in Week One. But since then, the results have not been pretty.

Johnson has been profoundly disappointing to people inside the organization, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, who quotes one source as saying, “Thought he’d be better.”

In fact, since that solid performance in Week One, the Jets’ defense has actually played better during the five games Johnson missed when he was injured. Many league observers believe Darryl Roberts, the minimum-salary backup who was starting while Johnson was hurt, has actually played better than Johnson this season. That’s despite the fact that Johnson will pocket $26 million in salary and bonuses in his first year with the Jets, while Roberts makes less than $1 million.

Johnson returned to the lineup on Sunday, moving Roberts to the bench, and the Jets promptly turned in their worst defensive performance of the season.

The 28-year-old Johnson looks like he’s not as good a fit in coach Todd Bowles’ defense as he was with what the Rams were asking him to do. That’s always a risk with a free-agent signing, that a player earns a big contract because he plays well in one situation, but doesn’t play well in the next situation.

Bowles is likely to be fired after this season, which means it’s going to be some other coach trying to get the most out of Johnson next year. Whoever that coach is, they’d better get the most out of Johnson. He’s set to cost $12 million against the Jets’ salary cap in 2019 and $15 million in 2020, and the way his contract is structured makes it virtually impossible for the Jets to move on from him until then. He still has time to get things turned around, but through his first half season with the Jets, he’s looking like an expensive mistake.

48 responses to “Trumaine Johnson has been an expensive disappointment for the Jets

  1. This is a strong case of where coaches and general managers need to be on the same page rather than overpaying for a top free agent. That’s a massive contract to get out from under.

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    Which New York team has the worst front office, the Bills, Giants or Jets? It’s the ultimate pick ’em.
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  3. “The 28-year-old Johnson looks like he’s not as good a fit in coach Todd Bowles’ defense”

    Well, with the way things are going that may change next year and TJ won’t have that problem.

  4. Which New York team has the worst front office, the Bills, Giants or Jets? It’s the ultimate pick ’em.
    ????????????????????????????????????????
    Maybe the one who actually plays in NY, has the current #1 ranked defense, has their franchise quarterback, and cap space and draft picks going into 2019.

  5. It doesn’t take a genius to figure why the Rams didn’t re-sign him –
    He either wasn’t up to their “standard” at cornerback OR he just didn’t fit the
    defensive scheme, with his lackluster play it appears he’s just not that good!

  6. I knew he was lousy when he played for the Rams, which is why I jumped up and did the river dance when he was let go. It was a great move for the Rams and a really bad move for the Jets.

  7. @bleedredwhiteandblue66

    Where did Bills fans get this crazy sense of optimism and superiority? What did you see in Allen and his 80 passing yards a game with a 30-40% completion percentage that makes you say he is a franchise QB? even if he has no receivers that’s not going to cut it at all. I’m sorry but didn’t your GM trade away a ton of players for draft picks and sit on them until the very last minute which forced him to overpay for a trade up just to select the 4th best QB in this draft? And after seeing how depleted the team was didn’t your coach think it was a good idea to throw Allen in there who cant hit the ocean from the beach? The Jets and Giants have made some horrible mistakes but at least there is some hope for them, they’ll make necessary changes in the offseason while McDoogle and Beane get a pass because of a flukey playoff season.

  8. Just wait til next year when they can add Le’veon Bell to this story of how the Jets are wasting millions on guaranteed contracts with players who are only in it for the $$$

  9. With the exception of the NHL and a few individual players, most pro athlete’s production falls off significantly once they get paid. See the NBA, most of the NFL, and MLB. STOP giving these guys so much money for the half-hearted effort they give. Nobody, and I repeat, nobody wants to see this…

  10. He was a middle of the pack Corner last year and this year he’s been horrible, I wanted the Jets to sign but sheesh I didn’t think he would be awful and he has, McCagnan has to go.

  11. nflknowitall says:
    November 17, 2018 at 11:17 am
    Just wait til next year when they can add Le’veon Bell to this story of how the Jets are wasting millions on guaranteed contracts with players who are only in it for the $$$

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    they just can’t themselves and their fans are as much to blame for not being more angry about it

    they love the attention more than actually building a winner

  12. How could you be a professional level athlete and not be able to play your position in a competent manner?

  13. Ryan

    Bills have have a sense of optimism because our coach can coach players up. Playoffs were a fluke. I said at start of season 6 wins would be a great season and we are right on track. And we finally whacked nate. Why should the NJ teams be optimistic? Because they have a a franchise qb from the 2000s that is past his expiration date? And the other one is a turnover machine who believes he can make every throw. Always has been, ints & fumbles. Very happy the jets drafted him. Josh might throw more Inc but his ints are nowhere close. Can’t wait til the jets sign lev

  14. He wasn’t lousy when he played for the Rams. They franchised him twice, after all.

    Cornerback is one of those fickle positions. Trumaine Johnson was a small school find in the third round, a draft success story for the Rams that made improvements every year and even led the NFC in interceptions one year. He made a good corner tandem with Janoris Jenkins, both of whom were their most valuable on their rookie contracts and good fits within the defenses that Jeff Fisher was running.

    But he was never a no 1 corner and shouldn’t have been paid like one. Rams wanted to save their money for Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley and didn’t want to commit market value to either him or Jenkins.

  15. @automaton73

    Mayfield and Darnold are on a whole other level compared to Allen. I can tell you don’t watch a lot of Jets games because you brought up Darnold “fumbling”, he has the same amount of fumbles as Allen in more career starts, plus Darnold’s center can’t even snap him the ball. I’ve seen flashes from both Baker and Darnold while Josh Allen was struggling against prevent defenses against the Ravens, Packers, and Chargers. You probably only watched the Lions game but Darnold lit up the Broncos and won a shootout against Andrew Luck as well. Most of Darnold’s INT’s have came from late game throws just to try and make something happen and his bad Miami game but you would only know that if you watched.

  16. Jets will beat Pats next Sunday, ending Tommy’s chance for a playoff bye. Pats will go on the road, lose badly, Tommy retires and Gronk is released. happy holidays, everyone!

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    The point I was trying to make in referencing the Bills, Giants and Jets was that the fans of these franchises have been betrayed by extremely poor decisions by their respective front offices. All three have rolled snake eyes on draft day. They waste valuable cap space on overpriced free agent busts and put together ill conceived rosters that are doomed to failure.
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  18. Bad fit in a defense for a CB sounds like he just can’t play at a high level anymore. Unless you’re talking about cover 2 versus anything else, which would mean you wouldn’t have been paying him top dollar to begin with, what are we talking about. This has nothing to do with the defense and more to do with that he might just be fried. Wouldn’t be the first and won’t be the last CB to fall off at 28 or 29. Exactly when it happened to Asomugha most recently when he left Oakland for the Eagles.

  19. Ask Manish Mehta – the shill for Maccagnan and Heimerdinger- and all is well. You will see the “source said the Jets Defensive staff really liked Trumaine Johnson and Dennard Wilson had a good feel for him…” (aka subtle blame to coaches)

    Amazing people are waking up to this now. Christopher and Woody Johnson have to fire both. Any HC that comes in will not (and shouldn’t want to work with a GM who blames the HC and Asst. Coaches in the media). No trust. No chance. Plus Maccagnan can’t be involved in hiring the coach though I’m sure he is promoting the idea and that this would be his last chance if able to work with a coach of his choosing.
    ArDarius Stewart: Coaches fault as they pressured Maccagnan according to Mehta. Was it the coaches fault they wanted Maccagnan to trade up for Alvin Kamara for picks that ended up being Stewart and Chad Hansen but he wouldn’t do it?
    Hackenberg? Devin Smith, Mauldin, Jarvis Harrison and on and on-not Maccaganans fault either.
    Then Mehta, on behalf of Maccagnan and Heimerdinger defend taking Jamal Adams over Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.Saying that “Adams is the heart and soul of the team”. Adams is a good player but there is no re-draft scenario where any qb-needy team would take Adams over either of these two. Absurdity and loss of objectivity.
    Plus goes onto to defend Maccagnan saying/trying to sway opinion and trick the public that firing his BFF Maccagnan and Heimerdinger is off the table. Went onto say Maccagnan has done a good job ‘navigating tough organizational circumstances’. Veiled shot at Todd Bowles and/or Woody Johnson. Bottom line the buck stops with Maccagnan. You are what you record says you are and his is AWFUL.

  20. Pats fans never fail to make me laugh. One or two in particular. They quickly mock another team while pompously and conveniently forgetting their own horrible free agent signings and drafting. Hubris.

  21. ladyjet says:
    November 17, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Jets will beat Pats next Sunday, ending Tommy’s chance for a playoff bye. Pats will go on the road, lose badly, Tommy retires and Gronk is released. happy holidays, everyone!

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    Yes, and Goodell and your owner are not busted cheaters behind closed doors, and there is a Santy Claus, too.

    lmao

  22. runpassoption1 says:
    November 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Ask Manish Mehta – the shill for Maccagnan and Heimerdinger- and all is well. You will see the “source said the Jets Defensive staff really liked Trumaine Johnson and Dennard Wilson had a good feel for him…” (aka subtle blame to coaches)

    Amazing people are waking up to this now. Christopher and Woody Johnson have to fire both. Any HC that comes in will not (and shouldn’t want to work with a GM who blames the HC and Asst. Coaches in the media). No trust. No chance. Plus Maccagnan can’t be involved in hiring the coach though I’m sure he is promoting the idea and that this would be his last chance if able to work with a coach of his choosing.
    ArDarius Stewart: Coaches fault as they pressured Maccagnan according to Mehta. Was it the coaches fault they wanted Maccagnan to trade up for Alvin Kamara for picks that ended up being Stewart and Chad Hansen but he wouldn’t do it?
    Hackenberg? Devin Smith, Mauldin, Jarvis Harrison and on and on-not Maccaganans fault either.
    Then Mehta, on behalf of Maccagnan and Heimerdinger defend taking Jamal Adams over Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.Saying that “Adams is the heart and soul of the team”. Adams is a good player but there is no re-draft scenario where any qb-needy team would take Adams over either of these two. Absurdity and loss of objectivity.
    Plus goes onto to defend Maccagnan saying/trying to sway opinion and trick the public that firing his BFF Maccagnan and Heimerdinger is off the table. Went onto say Maccagnan has done a good job ‘navigating tough organizational circumstances’. Veiled shot at Todd Bowles and/or Woody Johnson. Bottom line the buck stops with Maccagnan. You are what you record says you are and his is AWFUL.

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    Adams is Calvin Pryor Part 2. It took them until year 3 to finally admit Pryor was not worth a top 15 pick just like Adams.

    These guys are throwback SS types who can only be useful vs the run, down towards the line of scrimmage, but are a massive liability in coverage in a passing league.

    The Jets still think it’s 2001 around the time the moron Woody Johnson bough the team.

    Woody Johnson’s IQ is like 53. Just because you’re born into money doesn’t mean you’re intelligent.

    The Jets also constantly draft immature and dumb players. It’s almost like they try to build their teams in the complete opposite way the Pats would do it.

    They’re so jealous of Kraft/BB/Brady, etc, they can’t get themselves to even ATTEMPT to mirror it.

    It’s hilarious.

    Note how every GM that comes to the Jets, looks just like the last one. As long as Woody Johnson gets his little bald head in there during FA and the draft to try to get more PSLs sold, this is how it will be for the Jetsies.

    Their fans are so dumb, too. Pats fans have been pointing this out to them for over a decade and they just lash out in anger instead of stopping going to games to get Woody to even consider selling.

  23. Don’t think he’s burnt out as much as he might have lost that fire after getting that nice, long term contract.
    Lesser talent with an edge & incentive to get that 2nd contract can push players to play way above their heads in plenty of sports.
    It’s why coaches/ FO personnel constantly talk about keeping guys uncomfortable and less complacent.
    Dude knows he’s paid, why push as hard in off-season instead of enjoying some of the finer things that cash can give him.

  24. ajg314 says:
    November 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Pats fans never fail to make me laugh. One or two in particular. They quickly mock another team while pompously and conveniently forgetting their own horrible free agent signings and drafting. Hubris.

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    Umm, what? NE is possibly going to its 8th straight conf title game this year.

    Your comment makes zero sense. You’re the exact kind of Jets fan I am talking about; all arrogant, delusional and dumb, rolled up into one.

    What you should be saying is this, like I did in the 1980s watching Montana and the 49ers:

    “Gee, I hope some day my organization can look like this.”

    Instead, you somehow “mock” the greatest sports franchise in history, in a league where owners sat in a room with a recruited commissioner, specifically hired to try to slow them down, even to the point of openly lying to accomplish the goal.

    Have a nice day!

  25. I would not be shocked if we lost to the Jets this week. Clearly any team that gets manhandled by Detroit (who the Jets obliterated) and Tennessee has some issues. We’re still good, a playoff team, but obviously lacking talent at several positions. TB may get another ring, but not with this years group. I would be happy with a playoff win at home and a better draft and free agency next year. GO PATS!

  26. Long story short–Todd Bowles has not done much with very little talent.

    In terms of coaching, Bowles does not always have good plans, does not manage the clock well, does not make great in-game decisions, and does not adjust to the situation. He also has fired a few assistants and kept a few that turned heads. Not sure why Kacy Rogers is still DC, and why he fired OC Morton from last year.

    But its stunning that Bowles is likely a lame duck at this point when the GM, Mike Maccagnan, has been bad as well. If not worse. Poor FA signings. For a guy that wants to build in the draft, his drafts, especially later rounds, have been awful. A lot of his picks aren’t just with the Jets anymore, but totally out of football.

    The Jets took Bryce Petty and then Hackenberg as developmental QBs. Both are terrible and gone. He Kept 4 QBs on the roster including Geno Smith at one time! OL Depth is bad, Devin Smith, Chad Hanse, AirDarius Stewart, all gone…

    Its not just 2nd round picks, its later round picks that consistently have been misses.

    They also mismanaged their DL with too much money and draft picks and couldn’t even play them all. And the one player they kept, Leonard Williams, may not have been worth it. At least they finally dumped Wilkerson–but AFTER he got big money. At least they got out of it quickly. Sucks they let Damon Harrison walk in FA to the Giants though.

    Yes the Jets laid a massive Egg vs the Bills. But it is not just Bowles fault. Former GM John Idzik tried to blame Rex ryan for his own mistakes and they both got canned. Magic Mike is trying to do the same thing here.

    If the Jets are going to clean house, they should get rid of the GM also.

  27. ajg314 says:
    November 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Pats fans never fail to make me laugh. One or two in particular. They quickly mock another team while pompously and conveniently forgetting their own horrible free agent signings and drafting. Hubris.

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    When I was at the first MNF in 15 game years at Foxborough in October of 1995, you were crapping in a diaper.

    Keep listening to Felger and Mazz everyday little guy.

    The worst player on offense last Sunday was Tom Brady. And, he’s been in a funk for a month because his binky Gronk isn’t out there.

    If he is the GOAT, which he is, he shouldn’t HAVE TO HAVE Gronk with a pack of loaded weaponry like this.

    And, the D is LOADED with 1st and 2nd rd picks everywhere. You’re either a troll or a really childish and shortsighted Pats fan who is clueless.

  28. Hey ryann

    Bro in Law is a jets fan so I do watch most games with him. Missed the lions game but curing fumble problems with a qb is near impossible. Duhnold had 14 in 27 college games. Just wait, they’ll be back. And curing a qb problem with allen is near impossible. Not a fan. At all. Neither of these guys should have been forced to start. One of us should haven’t gotten bridgewater. Oh wait…you, did.

  29. hamlet423 says:
    November 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Long story short–Todd Bowles has not done much with very little talent.

    In terms of coaching, Bowles does not always have good plans, does not manage the clock well, does not make great in-game decisions, and does not adjust to the situation. He also has fired a few assistants and kept a few that turned heads. Not sure why Kacy Rogers is still DC, and why he fired OC Morton from last year.

    But its stunning that Bowles is likely a lame duck at this point when the GM, Mike Maccagnan, has been bad as well. If not worse. Poor FA signings. For a guy that wants to build in the draft, his drafts, especially later rounds, have been awful. A lot of his picks aren’t just with the Jets anymore, but totally out of football.

    The Jets took Bryce Petty and then Hackenberg as developmental QBs. Both are terrible and gone. He Kept 4 QBs on the roster including Geno Smith at one time! OL Depth is bad, Devin Smith, Chad Hanse, AirDarius Stewart, all gone…

    Its not just 2nd round picks, its later round picks that consistently have been misses.

    They also mismanaged their DL with too much money and draft picks and couldn’t even play them all. And the one player they kept, Leonard Williams, may not have been worth it. At least they finally dumped Wilkerson–but AFTER he got big money. At least they got out of it quickly. Sucks they let Damon Harrison walk in FA to the Giants though.

    Yes the Jets laid a massive Egg vs the Bills. But it is not just Bowles fault. Former GM John Idzik tried to blame Rex ryan for his own mistakes and they both got canned. Magic Mike is trying to do the same thing here.

    If the Jets are going to clean house, they should get rid of the GM also.

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    Agreed, but Bowles was still a cheap hire and sucks.

    Anytime your face looks like a cross between you having bad gas or like your slightly stoned at a Dead concert, it’s not a good thing for an NFL head coach.

  30. When I was at the first MNF in 15 game years at Foxborough in October of 1995, you were crapping in a diaper.

    Keep listening to Felger and Mazz everyday little guy.

    The worst player on offense last Sunday was Tom Brady. And, he’s been in a funk for a month because his binky Gronk isn’t out there.

    If he is the GOAT, which he is, he shouldn’t HAVE TO HAVE Gronk with a pack of loaded weaponry like this.

    And, the D is LOADED with 1st and 2nd rd picks everywhere. You’re either a troll or a really childish and shortsighted Pats fan who is clueless.

    First of all idiot, I’m probably older than you’ve been alive. What you know about football you get from the rest of your pompous organization. You’re damn right I’ll mock the Patriots. You owe everything to Tom Brady. Period. You can act almighty all you want, unless your “brilliant” coach falls into Brady he would have been fired that very same year he was forced to play him. If you know so much as you like to think you do, then think back to the fact that the Patriots were thisclose to firing your “brilliant” coach when Bledsoe got hurt and Brady was forced to play. Your pomposity ALWAYS makes me laugh. Out loud.

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