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Report: New CBA Could Give Jets cap Boost by Cutting Trumaine Johnson

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Cutting ties with cornerback Trumaine Johnson and his albatross of a contract is a foregone conclusion this season as the Jets are expected to absorb a $12 million hit against the cap for a player who won’t suit up for them in 2020, but according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, a new CBA could allow the Jets to defer some of that massive hit.

Should the proposed CBA gain approval, the Jets would be allowed to spread their $12 hit over two seasons, taking a $4 million hit in year 1 and an $8 million hit in year two.

Cimini had this to say regarding the situation:

The outcome of the collective bargaining agreement vote will have an impact on the Jets’ salary cap — specifically, with regard to cornerback Trumaine Johnson. A new CBA would benefit the team because they would be able to spread out Johnson’s cap hit over two seasons — $4 million this year, $8 million in 2021. The Jets can do that by designating him as a “June 1” cut. Under the existing CBA, there’s no June 1 option because the agreement expires after this season. That means his cap hit would accelerate into 2020 — a whopping $12 million charge. Johnson’s release is inevitable, but the Jets could be waiting to see if they get bailed out by a new CBA. They have to make a decision by March 20, when his $11 million salary for 2020 becomes fully guaranteed.

It’s still $12 million down the drain, but gives Joe Douglas an additional $8 million to work with this off-season. For all of Cimini’s notes on the Jets, click here.

 

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.