The Jets reportedly plan to release Johnson and allow Vick to test free agency.

By SI Wire
February 13, 2015

The New York Jets are set to allow running back Chris Johnson and quarterback Michael Vick to leave the team, according to a league source that spoke with Metro New York on Friday.

While the Jets have until Feb. 16 to pick up the remaining year on Johnson's two-year contract, the team is likely let the running back go, citing both on- and off-field issues. Johnson, a seven-year veteran who spent six years with the Tennessee Titans prior to joining New York, rushed just 155 times for 663 yards this year, both career lows.

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Johnson was also arrested in Florida in January on weapons charges. Both his production on the field and his arrest have influenced the Jets' decision to part ways.

Currently, the Jets are allowing Vick to look into the free agent market, but, according to Metro New York, there are no discussions about bringing Vick back next year. While his return to the team remains possible, it will likely depend on a number of factors, including how the Jets fare in this year's draft.

Both players were brought in by the team last year. While Johnson fell short of expectations, Vick took over for starter Geno Smith several times during the season, appearing in 10 games. He completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 604 yards and three touchdowns.

The Jets finished last season 4-12, and in last place in the AFC East. At the end of the season, both general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan were fired.

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During this offseason, New York has hired Mike Maccagnan as the new general manager and Brian Heimerdinger as director of player personnel, replaced Ryan with Todd Bowles and brought on Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator.

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