LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Los Angeles Rams free safety Lamarcus Joyner (20) seals the Rams win with this interception in the final seconds of the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.
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Lamarcus Joyner, originally drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, joins the New York Jets after two seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the New York Jets have signed defender Lamarcus Joyner to a one-year deal.

Joyner, 30, spent the last two seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, earning 115 tackles (nine for a loss). He’ll join a safety group consisting of Marcus Maye, Ashtyn Davis, and very little else.

Prior to his NFL entry, Joyner partook in the final BCS National Championship run with Florida State. He was later chosen in the second round of the 2014 draft by the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, spending the next five seasons with the team.


Joyner notably earned the interception that helped seal the Rams’ 54-51 win a Monday night thriller against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018.

A versatile option capable of playing both safety and cornerback, Joyner should be a welcome project for new head coach Robert Saleh, who helped veteran Richard Sherman regain his elite form, and Jimmie Ward become a strong coverage man during his time as the 49ers’ defensive boss.

Having taken part in both a national championship game and a Super Bowl (the Rams’ visit in the 53rd edition against New England), Joyner will serve as a strong veteran prescience for the New York secondary, which is laden with youth after the departure of Jamal Adams.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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