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Jets officially release cornerback Trumaine Johnson

The New York Jets are coming off another disappointing campaign. 2019 saw them finish well outside the mix for the playoffs.

The Jets are expected to be busy this offseason in their push towards becoming a playoff contender next season. Among the early moves saw them release veteran cornerback Trumaine Johnson from the final three years of his five-year, $72.5 million deal, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

 

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In a long-anticipated move, the New York Jets have informed cornerback Trumaine Johnson that he will be released in the coming days, a league source confirmed Monday.

The Jets must make the transaction by March 20, when Johnson’s $11 million salary for 2020 — guaranteed for injury only — becomes fully guaranteed.

The decision to cut Johnson after just two seasons shows how utterly disappointing he has been since joining the Jets. His production and consistency haven’t been anywhere near what was expected. Especially considering the type of contract he inked two offseasons ago.

With no CBA currently in place, the Jets would take a $12 million dead cap hit for the 2020 season. That is only $3 million less than the $15 million he had on the books for next year.

 

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If the CBA is agreed upon by the players, that will give them a chance to make him a June 1 cut that would provide them with the opportunity to spread his salary-cap hit over the next two seasons with $4 million next year and $8 million for the 2021 campaign.

Beyond that, it just further emphasizes the disappointment that Johnson was during his brief tenure in New York.

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