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Jets Decline Chris Johnson’s Option Making Him A Free Agent

The Jets announced that they are not exercising RB Chris Johnson option, but will pick up the options for LB Jason Babin and LB Calvin Pace.

Kristian Dyer of Metro reported earlier in the day that league source expected the Jets to move on without Johnson.

  • According to Dyer’s source, “every indication right now is that the Jets are going to move on. It’s a matter of his production on the field along with the arrest matter.
  • Chris Johnson will not be a member of the Jets in 2015,” Dyer’s source added.

Johnson, 29, signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Jets in April of last year, which included a $3 million signing bonus.

He would have made a base salary of $3.5 million to go along with a $500,000 option bonus that was due next week. This move frees up $3.5 million, according to Rich Cimini.

Johnson was arrested in January in Florida on weapons charges, which likely factored into the team’s decision to decline his option.

In 2014, he ran for 663 yards on 155 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 24 receptions for 151 yards receiving and two total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated Johnson as the No. 46 running back out of 57 qualifying players

 

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