LaMarcus Joyner, signed with the New York Jets for one-year, $3 million
LaMarcus Joyner is another player who has been regressing the last two years. Typically, I am against signing these kind of players as once they start heading down that path they don’t come back from it. Joyner is also on the wrong side of 30.
However, he is only 30 years old and on a one-year deal as a depth option Joyner could have done some fun things with the LA Chargers. While he has not been good, he also has not been getting any favors from the team he played for.
The Las Vegas Raiders have been so lost defensively the last two seasons that they hired Gus Bradley to be the defensive coordinator. The 2019 Raiders ranked 24th in points allowed per game and the 2020 Raiders ranked 30th.
Of course, Joyner was part of the problem but he has a really high ceiling. Joyner was fantastic his last two seasons in Los Angeles and getting a veteran to help the secondary with Rayshawn Jenkins leaving would have been huge.
Most importantly, Joyner is flexible. He can play either safety spot in split zone defenses and can even play slot corner and in the box. Brandon Staley’s defense thrives off using versatile players in different positions to best matchup with the opposition.
Joyner, even as a depth piece, would have fit that vision.