Former Texans CB Kevin Johnson is visiting the Jets today, a source confirms. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 9, 2019
Former Texans first-round cornerback Kevin Johnson is visiting the Jets today, per source.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 9, 2019
Johnson has missed 29 games in his four-year career, including 15 last season due to a concussion.
He’s already visited with the Bills and Browns. pic.twitter.com/egXacxm3TR
Johnson was a first round pick of the Texans in 2015. The team initially picked up his fifth year option for 2019 but released him earlier this week to avoid needing to pay him.
Since I am sure people will ask, the fact he was released is the reason he can visit the Jets. The Jets are free to talk to players who are not currently under contract with any NFL team. They have to wait until Monday to talk with players under contract who are going to be free agents like Le’Veon Bell.
SB Nation’s Texans site, Battle Red Blog had this to say about Johnson:
In his four NFL seasons, Johnson’s Texans career was headlined by injuries, most notably concussions. After playing in all 16 games in his rookie season, Johnson missed 29 of a possible 48 games from 2016-2018.
The Texans picked up the fifth-year option on Johnson’s rookie contract before last season, hoping he would rebound and showcase the potential he displayed in his rookie season. Unfortunately for both parties, it never materialized.
Two of the top three corners on last year’s roster are about to hit free agency for the Jets, making the position a need.