He’ll get his chance to make good on his word with the Titans, who need someone to push second-year wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, a physical talent who has struggled mentally to master the playbook and stay dedicated to remain in football shape. Tennessee’s receiving corps might also be a bit too crowded for a 35-year-old veteran, with Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and 31-year-old Harry Douglas joining Green-Beckham.
Tennessee has claimed the near-end of other illustrious receiving careers in the past, most notably that of Randy Moss, who was claimed by the Titans in 2010 after being cut mid-season by the Vikings, but faded into the oblivion of the sidelines and his first retirement stint.
That scenario likely won’t happen to Johnson, who has shown he still has the fire to play. Whether he’ll perform remains to be seen.
Darius Slay wanted to get paid like a top-seven cornerback. He got paid Friday.
The Detroit Lions announced Slay’s contract extension on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Slay signed a four-year deal with the Lions worth $48 million, with $23.1 million guaranteed, according to a source who has seen the contract. Slay was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He’ll make $50.2 million over the course of five years.
Pro Football Talk first reported the news.
The total guaranteed currently ranks Slay seventh among corners.
While the national press has mostly ignored Slay’s growth, the 6-foot cornerback has blossomed into one of the best in the NFL and developed into a legitimate shutdown corner in 2015. Pro Football Focus rated Slay its No. 2 overall at his position last season, eighth in pass coverage.
Make no mistake: The logical Jets fan enters this new one-year adventure with eyes open. Fitzpatrick remains — last season’s stretches of Fitzmagic aside — a thirtysomething journeyman until he proves otherwise. He got lucky at times last year. He faces an uphill battle to match his 2015 numbers. One of the toughest schedules in the NFL won’t help.
But Fitzpatrick is a far better option than the GenoCoaster and — this is important — a fun guy to root for. Jets fans don’t get nice things. The succession of bad quarterbacks in the post-Joe Namath landscape speaks for itself. Last summer, I asked longtime Jets beat man Rich Cimini if a “Curse of Broadway Joe” explained the team’s 40-plus year Super Bowl drought.