The Jets are not waiting for free agency to start to begin trying to upgrade their roster.
Free agent cornerback Kevin Johnson visited the Jets on Saturday, according to a source. The Texans cut Johnson this week, making him available to sign immediately and not have to wait until free agency starts next week.
Johnson was a first-round pick by Houston in 2015, taken 16th overall out of Wake Forest. His career has been plagued by injuries, though, and the Texans cut him rather than pay him the $9 million his contract called for in 2019.
Johnson, 26, has one interception in four seasons. He has played 16 games just once and only played 19 out of 48 games in the past three seasons. Last year, he played just one game as he dealt with multiple concussions.
If the Jets chose to sign Johnson, he would be a depth player at a position where the Jets need help. Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine and Darryl Roberts are all scheduled to be free agents.
Johnson has also visited the Browns and the Bills, according to reports.
Jonotthan Harrison showed the Jets his worth last year down the stretch, and the team decided to bring him back.
The Jets and Harrison were finalizing a deal for his return on Saturday afternoon, according to a source. Harrison, 27, was a valuable backup last year. He started eight of the last nine games at center after Spencer Long struggled to snap the ball because of a finger injury.
The terms of the contract were not immediately known. The Jets felt they got some value from Harrison last year when he played on a one-year, $880,000 contract. He likely got a raise from that, but the deal surely still represents some value for the Jets.
Harrison originally signed with the Colts in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Florida. He signed with the Jets in 2017 as a free agent. He has started nine games in two years and played in 24.
The Jets still are in the market for interior offensive linemen, but Harrison can be a backup they trust.