The Jets made an under the radar signing last week with cornerback/safety John Ojo. The last three seasons Ojo was starter in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos.
Passion for the game is one of Ojo’s strongest qualities. After going undrafted in 2014, the Seahawks invited him for a tryout. He was not signed. He joined the Eskimos practice squad but was cut. The following April he was again signed by the Eskimos and then dropped to their practice squad. He got his chance before the 2015 CFL season and made the most of it.
In 2015, Ojo was named a CFL All-Star, where he recorded 41 tackles and 5 interceptions. Unfortunately, he tore his Achilles in the pre-season of the 2016 season: his recovery was reportedly complete as of last month. The Jets are relying on their doctors again in free agency.
Ojo also contributed eight special teams tackles, which is worth noting because that is where he will likely earn his spot on the Jets this season (if he makes the roster).
This is the third time the Jets have dipped their toe in the CFL waters under Bowles and Maccagnan. Last year they signed OLB Freddie Bishop of the Calgary Stampeders. At the end of last season they signed Frank Beltre – also of the Stampeders – to a futures contract.
It is a smart low-cost move for the Jets. Many CFL players are making NFL rosters in recent years and a few are difference makers. Some players include, Jerrell Freeman, Jon Ryan, Brandon Browner, Cameron Wake, Dontrelle Inman and Andrew Hawkins.