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Jets capable of late splash with Trumaine Johnson’s $11 million off the books

June 2, 2020 | 12:36pm

The Jets gained $11 million in salary cap space Tuesday as a chunk of Trumaine Johnson’s contract came off the books.

The Jets designated Johnson as a post-June 1 cut when they released him in March. That allows them to spread the dead money from his contract over two years. He carries a $4 million cap charge this year and $8 million in 2021.

The Jets now have just under $25 million in salary cap space, according to Over The Cap. That means the Jets could add a high-priced free agent or make a trade for a bigger contract if they desired. However, GM Joe Douglas has not shown any inclination toward handing out big contracts this offseason. The Jets will need about $9 million of that cap space to sign their draft picks. They signed fifth-round pick Bryce Hall on Monday, but still have to sign the remaining eight picks.

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Johnson’s contract might be the worst free agent deal the Jets ever handed out. Former GM Mike Maccagnan gave him a five-year, $72.5 million contract with $34 million guaranteed in 2018. He played only 17 games for the Jets. He missed nine games last season with a pair of ankle sprains. He missed five games in 2018 with a quadriceps injury. Former coach Todd Bowles made Johnson a healthy scratch for the final game of the 2018 season after he violated team rules. He was benched last year in Weeks 2 and 3 by the new coaching staff.

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Johnson had five interceptions, four in 2018, with one returned for a touchdown with the Jets. What will be remembered, though, will be how he committed several penalties at critical times and the foolish contract the Jets handed him.

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