In news that will shock nobody, the Jets have reportedly informed cornerback Trumaine Johnson that he will be released before the start of the new league year.
Manish Mehta was the first to report this. Multiple team beat writers confirmed the report.
Source confirms that the Jets have informed Trumaine Johnson that they plan to release him, as @mmehta reported. The transaction hasn't happened yet because of the CBA situation.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 9, 2020
The Jets informed Johnson he will be released. It has not happened yet. Jets may wait to see what happens with new CBA this week before making the move official. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 9, 2020
I think sometimes this reality gets lost, but Johnson’s contract was designed for the Jets to keep him for at least three years. The savings for cutting him after two years are low, and the dead money is high. The fact the Jets are going to go through with this (along with how obvious of a decision it is) shows how dreadful the contract was.
When the dead money is added to the tally, Johnson will have counted for $34 million against the salary cap to play 17 subpar games with the Jets.
Rich Cimini notes that the approval of a new collective bargaining agreement might allow the Jets to stretch out the dead money hit over multiple seasons, but the team will ultimately take a $12 million cap hit after Johnson is released.