Jets expected to cut ties with Trumaine Johnson

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:17 pm EST

The New York Jets are expected to release cornerback Trumaine Johnson. When this happens, he will have spent two seasons with the team.

In 2018, he signed a massive deal with the Jets. He signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal with the franchise.

New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway
Trumaine Johnson breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway (Photo by the Associated Press/Ron Schwane)

According to Spotrac, New York is sacrificing a $12 million dead cap hit by releasing him before June 1st. But, at the same time, the transaction will save the team $3 million.

By releasing Johnson, the Jets would no longer be responsible for the final three-years of his deal. He was scheduled to make $28.5 million over those three seasons.

CBS Sports is reporting that the Jets had to pay him $11 million by March 20th if he was still on the roster.

Once he is officially released, he’ll be a free agent and can sign with any team he chooses.

He played in just seven games, including six starts in 2019. Johnson had 25 tackles, including one tackle for a loss.

He also had one interception and two pass deflections.

Besides playing for the Jets, Johnson began his career with the St. Louis Rams. He then played two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams before becoming a free agent.

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