The Jets has informed disappointing cornerback Trumaine Johnson that they are planning to release him —a league source says.
The Gang Green informed Trumaine Johnson that he would be exit before free agency. The expert cornerback, the Jets have to reject Johnson by March 2020, or his $11 million salaries for 2020 will have to be fully paid. However, the Jets have said to the player that he will be gone before that happens, according to a team source. If this occurs, then the Jets would be left with $12 million in dead money.
A new Collective Bargaining Agreement insists the Jets flexibility to spread Johnson’s $12million caps hit over 2020 & 2021. Players have to vote on the new proposal until midnight on Saturday. If sanction, the Jets have the option to nominate Johnson as a post-June one cut to lessen the cap charge in 2020. If the players reject the Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal, then a simple majority is required to adopt it.
Trumaine Johnson disappointed later signing a blockbuster five-year, $72.5 million deal in 2018. The veteran earned $34 million in two years with the Jets after playing on the franchise tag twice with the Rams. Johnson, 30, formed an eye-opening $64.7 million over the last four seasons despite never having made the Pro Bowl in his history
The Jets were cautiously optimistic the last offseason that Johnson has to get back on track with his best season when Gregg Williams was the Ram’s defensive coordinator, who got the best out of the cornerback when both were together with the Rams from 2014-2016. Johnson had his career-high interceptions (seven) and passes defended (17) in 2015.
Williams said in the last offseason, “He understands me, I understand him.” And “It’s my job to help him be the best he can do.” He and Williams had some excellent moments together. However, they could not repeat those moments past that season. Johnson was weakened after the season opener due to impotence only to regain his starting job a couple of weeks later.
The News announced in September that people on One Jets Drive questioned Johnson’s dedication and desire. Johnson confessed to the News at the time, “Of course I love football. I am passionate about it. It’s my life. And I’ve been doing it all my life. It’s not a job for me. I love what I do.”
Johnson played 17 games with the Jets. He suffered from injuries to both ankles in training camp last year before ultimately being placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list because of the injuries to both ankles.
Gregg Williams found some pretense of the success on the back end with a patchwork team of corners, but the organization will need to find at least one new improvement during this offseason. The Jet has expressed some level of interest in the perceived top corners in free agency ( James Bradberry and Byron Jones). And, a draft is also a viable option. We just have to wait and see what the Jets will do.