New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson

New York Jets moving on from cornerback Trumaine Johnson

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  • Gregg Williams
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By Kyle Fahey March 9, 2020 0 Comment
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The New York Jets have elected to cut cornerback Trumaine Johnson two seasons into his five year $72.5 million contract and will need a new No. 1 corner.

The New York Jets are cutting cornerback Trumaine Johnson after just two seasons into his five year $72.5 million contract.

Johnson was brought in by former Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan after six seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He played his final two seasons with the Rams on the franchise tag. Initially, the signing had mixed reviews because Johnson was considered average by most and how lucrative the deal was. In his two seasons with the Jets, Johnson performed very poorly, getting benched on multiple occasions. At times it looked as if Johnson had given up on the team after getting paid.

In the seven games that Johnson played in 2019, he was graded a 53.0 overall, according to Pro Football Focus, while also giving up a 74.1 completion percentage. Quarterbacks had a 94.5 quarterback rating when targeting Johnson and often exploited him. The Jets were hoping for a career resurgence for Johnson under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who coached Johnson with the Rams.

How does cutting Johnson effect the Jets cap situation?

Overall, Johnson was a liability on the field, seemed to quit on the team, and was very rude to reporters when pressed about it. The Jets are getting rid of a locker room problem, but also paying the price for it. New York will have to eat $12 million in dead cap in 2020 while only saving $3 million. If the new Collective Bargaining Agreement passes this upcoming weekend, the Jets could make Johnson a post-June 1st cut. It would allow the team to spread the dead money over 2020 and 2021. If the new CBA proposal is not agreed upon, the Jets will pay the full $12 million in 2020. During Johnson’s two seasons with the Jets, he made a total of $34 million.

Over the last four seasons, Johnson has made $64.7 million between the Rams and Jets. The veteran cornerback hits free agency once again at the age of 30. The move was expected and is the right choice for new general manager Joe Douglas. Look for the Jets to pursue Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones this offseason to fill the roster spot created by Johnson’s cut.

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