Let’s just assume for a minute that Brandon Browner does move on from the New Orleans Saints. That’s going to bring up a window of opportunity for the black and gold at the cornerback spot. Delvin Breaux is absolutely the team’s top cornerback, and we can only hope that Damian Swann, P.J. Williams, and Keenan Lewis fully recover for next season. The uncertainty brings up a need to look for an answer.
Many are gushing over St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, but I like his counterpart better. Trumaine Johnson had a huge season in his contract year, finishing with 7 total interceptions despite playing in only 14 games. Johnson had 17 pass defenses and 71 tackles, and graded out as a Top 20 cornerback from Pro Football Focus.
Perhaps the most intriguing statistic for Johnson is that opposing quarterbacks had a 55.0 rating against him, which was the second lowest in the NFL. For perspective, Carolina’s Josh Norman finished with a 54.0. Despite a stellar season, Johnson was snubbed from the Pro Bowl. There’s no question that he’s earned a hefty contract from a respective suitor, and having Breaux and Johnson as the top corners in New Orleans only makes me salivate.
Honorable mention: Patrick Robinson, San Diego (Yes, I’m serious)
Next: Damon Harrison