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Jets sign CB Trumaine Johnson to 5-year, $72.5 million deal

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets have signed cornerback Trumaine Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract.

Johnson, arguably the top free agent at his position, spent his first six seasons with the Rams and had 18 interceptions while establishing himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL.

His signing was made official by the Jets on Friday. It gives Todd Bowles’ defense an unquestioned No. 1 cornerback.

The deal, which Pro Football Talk first reported included $34 million guaranteed at signing, makes Johnson’s contract one of the biggest in franchise history.

Johnson will team up at cornerback with Morris Claiborne, who was the Jets’ top player at the position last season and will return to New York on a one-year deal. The sides agreed to a contract late Thursday night, but the team had not yet announced it.

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