By Austin Payne
The New York Jets will be releasing cornerback Trumaine Johnson, a move that will save them cap space and one that was much anticipated by front offices around the league.
Johnson signed a 5 year $72 million dollar contract that included a $20 million dollar signing bonus with the Jets in 2018, but was placed on injured reserve during the 2019 season, and the Jets appear to be moving on.
His $11 million dollar 2020 salary would’ve become guaranteed on March 20th, so making this decision in a timely manner was critical for the franchise to lighten the load on the cap books.
A free agent acquisition that didn't pan out at all.
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There is however some uncertainty as to what exactly they’ll be paying, pending the new CBA that has yet to have a verdict given.
In the parameters of the new CBA, the team would need to designate Johnson a June 1st cut, and this would enable them to spread his salary hit over two seasons in a $4 million to $8 million split.
Without the new CBA in place, they’ll only save $3 million by releasing him, and incur the entire $12 million dollar dead cap hit when the move is made.
Formerly of the St. Louis Rams & now L.A. Rams, Trumaine was seen as one of the next guys up to get paid in the free agency marketplace when the Jets cashed out on him. However, instability within the franchise and a general misalignment with the new coaching staff apparently didn’t create a good chemistry between the two parties.
Now, with the team heading in a…different…direction? Let’s be honest, does anyone know what exactly the Jets plan is right now? Anyway, they’ve decided TJ isn’t apart of that future, and they’ll look to build around other defensive pieces like Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, CJ Mosley, and the gem that is Quinnen Williams.
Quinnen Williams trending? Never forget when he sneezed and said “bless you, thank you” to himself? pic.twitter.com/jPKOz0gxIY
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