The Jets invested a lot of money into cornerback Trumaine Johnson this year, but he has not quite lived up to the billing.
The seven-year veteran has missed five games with a quad injury this year and has one interception, one pass defended, a forced fumble and 21 tackles through six games this season.
"Thought he'd be better," one Jets insider told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The 28-year-old inked a five-year, $72.5 million deal with $34 million guaranteed prior to the start of the season but Johnson does not necessarily feel like he has extra pressure on him.
"Not at all," he told Mehta. "Not at all, to be honest with you. (When) I came in here, my whole main focus was to flip this organization around and start winning games. Our goal was to go to the playoffs. Like I said, I've always been about winning where I'm at. But as far as pressure … no. I love the game. And I like going out there and competing no matter what's going on."
The Jets have certainly not played well enough to achieve that goal. They head into Week 13 with a 3-8 record -- a far cry from Johnson's former team, the Los Angeles Rams, who are 10-1 atop the NFC West.
Yet the Rams' success is not something that bothers Johnson. They added Aquib Talib and Marcus Peters to shore up their secondary while letting Johnson walk in free agency -- allowing him to land his big contract with the Jets.
"To be honest, I never would have thought that it would have worked out that way," Johnson added. "It wasn't my main focus, but I knew (agent) Joel (Segal) would take care of it. It worked out in the long run. You asked me if I regret leaving the Rams … No, I don't regret it. I had a great six years there. Great coaches. Great teammates. And now I'm here."