Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets are reportedly releasing cornerback Trumaine Johnson, just two years after they signed him to a massive contract.

According to the New York Post’s Brian Costello, the Jets are moving on from the 30-year-old cornerback. Cutting Johnson creates just $3 million in cap space and will leave a $12 million dead cap hit, but the move was long expected.

After signing Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million deal in 2018, the Jets benched him early in the 2019 season. He recorded only five interceptions in two seasons and proved to be a massive liability in coverage.

Cornerback will be one of New York’s biggest needs this offseason and the class of free-agent corners available this offseason is deep. However, it’s unlikely we’ll see them spend heavily at the position again following the complete disaster that resulted from signing Johnson.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick