New York Jets are finally making peace with one of their biggest free-agency mistakes in recent history. According to several reports, Jets have decided to part ways with veteran cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
This was a widely expected decision, as Johnson had only five starts in 2019, managing 25 tackles, two passes defensed, and one interception for the season. Pair this with his $15 million salary next season, and it’s easy to see why Jets want him out.
Jets signed Trumaine Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract in 2018, including $34 million guaranteed with hopes to have a long-term solution on the corner position. Things didn’t work out that way, however, as Johnson struggled with discipline and injuries. He will now end his time in New York having started only 15 games.
Jets reportedly already informed Johnson about their decision, but they won’t be making it official just yet. It is believed that the organization is waiting to see the outcome of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal, which is up for voting. The team, however, must cut Johnson until March 20th, or his salary becomes guaranteed in 2020.
If the new CBA goes through, the team will be able to spread Johnson’s salary cap hit between 2020 and 2021, allowing themselves some maneuvering space. If not, they will suffer a $12 million hit, while saving only $3 million after releasing the 30-year-old.
Johnson, a third-round pick in 2012, also played with the Rams. His career stats include 393 tackles, 23 interceptions, and four defensive touchdowns.