For veteran corner Trumaine Johnson, he has made serious bank playing under the franchise tag for the past two seasons. And though he won't be tagged again this go around, he'll be looking to cash in big time as an unrestricted free agent.
The Oakland Raiders have already been rumored as a top candidate to land the 28-year-old, but two other clubs, who have much more salary cap space available, are throwing their hats into the ring.
The Jets have plenty of money to offer with a massive $94 million in cap space, and although they are currently occupied trying to be the team behind the future blockbuster deal that Kirk Cousins
The 49ers, on the other hand, also come stacked with nearly $70 million in cap space and would be a convenient move if TJ wants to stay in the NFC West division. It will all come down to the discrepancy between what these two clubs believe Johnson is worth, and what he feels he's worth.
It wasn't the best season for him, as he was rated as Pro Football Focus's 68th best corner with an overall grade of 74.2, but his high football IQ is something that makes him an appealing selection.
I was in camp last year with him. I knew he was big and strong and all but what I was so impressed with was HOW SMART he is and how well he knows the game. He reminds me so much of Revis in that way, but bigger.— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) February 23, 2018
The Jets and 49ers could also choose to stick to the draft to build at the position or pursue other options like E.J. Gaines, Malcolm Butler and Bashaud Breeland, to name a few. What's good for all teams needing the edge help is that the pool is rather deep this offseason, and for Johnson, the demand is high around the league.