The New York Jets have moved cornerback Trumaine Johnson to injured reserve. He missed Week 8 and Week 9 due to injuries to both ankles.
ESPN NFL analyst Rich Cimini reported the move on Tuesday afternoon. He also speculated that the Jets may even cut Johnson after the season ends.
The #Jets have placed CB Trumaine Johnson and WR Josh Bellamy on IR. And so ends the Johnson era. They probably will cut him after the season.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 5, 2019
The Jets signed Johnson to a five year, $72.5 million deal in the 2018 offseason. According to the contract $34 million of the contract is guaranteed money. If Cimini is correct, then the remainder of his guaranteed money will be dead cap.
During 17 games with New York, Johnson collected five interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also had one defensive touchdown with the Jets. Only one of his interceptions came during the 2019 season, when he picked off Tom Brady in their second matchup with the Patriots.
Due to his ankle injuries, Johnson was on a snap count and failed to start two of the seven games in which he played. He was an expensive signing that has failed to pan out. His injuries have caused so much doubt in his NFL future that the Jets may even decide to eat his contract and move on.
New York is currently 1-7, their latest loss coming to the previously winless Miami Dolphins. The tiebreak earns them last place in the AFC East.
The Jets next game comes against the 2-7 Giants on Sunday, November 10. It will be a home game for the Jets, even though both New York teams share MetLife Stadium.
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