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Report: Jets Expected To Cut Chris Johnson, Allow Michael Vick To Test Free Agency

Kristian Dyer of Metro, citing a league source, reports that the Jets appear to be prepared to release RB Chris Johnson in the coming days.

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 stands to make a base salary of $3.5 million to go along with a $500,000 option bonus that’s due next week, and explains why the team is likely to make a decision regarding Johnson in the coming days.

Johnson was arrested in January in Florida on weapons charges, which obviously won’t help his chances of being back with the team.

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

Dyer also reports that there hasn’t been any talks between the Jets and free agent QB Michael Vick regarding a new contract. However, a source did say that there is at least a chance that Vick could be re-signed, but added “he will be allowed to test free agency.”

Vick, 34, played out his one-year contract worth $4 million with the Jets last season and will now be an unrestricted free agent in the next few weeks.

In 2014, Vick threw for 604 yards while completing 52.9 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added 153 yards rushing over the course of 1o games.

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