The Panthers signed Johnson to the practice squad Saturday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. Johnson's 2019 season ended early due to injuries to both ankles, but he appears to be healthy now and will look to earn a spot on the active roster in the near future. Over seven games with the Jets last year, Johnson averaged 45.9 snaps per contest and recorded 25 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception.
The Panthers hosted Johnson (ankle) for a tryout this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Johnson, who has been a free agent since being cut by the Jets back in March, could be an option to provide the Panthers with veteran depth at cornerback. He played seven games in New York last season before injuries to both ankles led to his placement on season-ending IR.
The Jets will officially release Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Reports surfaced more than a week ago that the Jets planned to cut Johnson, but the team will apparently wait until after the NFL's "legal tampering" period ends at 4 p.m. ET before formally parting ways with the cornerback. Johnson was a major disappointment for the Jets after inking a five-year, $72.5 million contract in March 2018. In his two seasons with the club, Johnson appeared in 17 games and recorded 65 tackles, seven pass breakups and five interceptions.
The Jets are releasing Johnson (ankle) on Monday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Signed to a five-year, $72.5 million contract during the 2018 offseason, Johnson was ineffective in his first season with the Jets and benched/injured in the second campaign. His release leaves behind a significant dead cap hit from his signing bonus, but he didn't have any guarantees remaining on the contract after 2019. The 30-year-old cornerback was placed on injured reserve back in November, bothered by injuries to both ankles. It isn't clear if Johnson ever had surgery.
Johnson won't practice Wednesday due to injuries to both ankles, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Johnson left this past Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but it turns out he's bothered by both his ankles. The severity of each injury is unsettled, but this could be difficult to overcome by Week 9's matchup against the Dolphins. Expect his practice status to be closely monitored for the rest of the week, and it'll be a good sign if he can log a limited practice Thursday or Friday.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|1||09/12||New York Jets||10|
|2||09/19||New Orleans Saints||18|
|7||10/24||@New York Giants||12|
|9||11/07||New England Patriots||28|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||4|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||26|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||18|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||26|