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Raiders chop Chris Johnson, save $3.5 million

Chris Johnson, Brian Hartline AP

When we reported last month that the Raiders’ 2012 cap commitments exceed $145 million, we also explained that they could create plenty of cap room, quickly.

So far, they have.

Most recently, the Raiders picked some more by cutting cornerback Chris Johnson, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

NFLPA records reveal that Johnson was due to earn a base salary of $3.5 million in 2012, the final year of his contract.  Cutting him will clear $3.5 million off the books.

The end result is that the Raiders have now dumped both of their starting cornerbacks from 2011.  With Peyton Manning possibly coming to the division, the Raiders will need to get cracking on finding good replacements.

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56 Responses to “Raiders chop Chris Johnson, save $3.5 million”
  1. spellingcopfather says: Mar 9, 2012 5:46 PM

    Much needed move…R.I.P to your sister Chris & good luck !!!

  2. sledgehorn says: Mar 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    I hope the Titans sign him just for the humor.

  3. trbowman says: Mar 9, 2012 5:49 PM

    The Raiders CB depth is abysmal right now.

  4. nineroutsider says: Mar 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    I thought I knew football and I live here, who dat, who der? Carryover from the Booby Boucher reference in the previous article…

    I can wait until Peyton comes to the AFC West and works the Raiders 8 different ways till Sunday (or ‘on Sunday’ in this case). I can’t wait to see and hear Raider fans cry yet another year, oh, let me taste your tears! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness!

    I’m definitely on a quote binge today…

  5. speedkills21 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    Um, I wonder if the Raiders still have the numbers to Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes handy? Hope so!

  6. aberystwyth2 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:52 PM

    say hello to Brandon Carr

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 9, 2012 5:53 PM

    Wow 2 months after his sister was killed. Way to have a heart.

  8. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 9, 2012 5:55 PM

    Another one of Coach Davis over paid under- achieving “great playaaaa’s” gets sent packing. Good move by Reggie M. Let the heads roll…….

  9. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:56 PM

    “The end result is that the Raiders have now dumped both of their starting cornerbacks from 2011.”

    =====================================

    Shows how much folks watch Raider football. Chimdi Chekwa was the starter opposite of Routt this past season. Johnson was out most of the time with a nagging hammy. Johnson was even demoted to being behind Demarcus VanDyke on the depth chart. But don’t let facts get in the way of a good story.

  10. joetoronto says: Mar 9, 2012 5:57 PM

    No problem, it just so happens there’s plenty of good CB’s out there this year.

    What a coincidence. :)

  11. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 9, 2012 5:58 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  12. rickyrich14 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:59 PM

    It’s about time!!!! Who’s next? Hiram? Great special teams guy but making a little too much coin. Big John? Love Big John but he is always hurt. Trim the fat Reggie!!!

  13. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 9, 2012 6:01 PM

    good riddance!Time for the Raiders to bring in some solid defensive backs that aren’t just track stars and can actually cover a reciever.

  14. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 9, 2012 6:02 PM

    Easy Move. John Henderson next unless he restructures.

    Then Curry and then Wimbley.

    Al left McKenzie with a dirty Diaper.

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 9, 2012 6:03 PM

    Not a shocker. Go Raiders!!
    DVD You’re up.

  16. medtxpack says: Mar 9, 2012 6:09 PM

    the raiders need at least 2 more years to develop out of the draft. but a few signings wouldnt hurt, too bad they dont have any cash.

  17. rubicon202 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:10 PM

    That is good. Like Routt he got toasted on a regular basis and always took bad angles on a tackle. McKenzie get Carr please!

  18. snnyjcbs says: Mar 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    The Raiders Secondary was the weak link last year keeping the Raiders out of the Playoffs which they should have easily made.

    Giving up 30 + points to the Bills in less than a half of play. Taking a game that was all but won against Detroit and giving up 20 + points in less than 4 minutes.

    And on and on I could go. Routt giving up a near NFL leading 9 TD’s, not to mention the 17 or so penalties many being pass interference giving up huge yards. Add in his burn rate went from a league low of 30 sum % in 2010 to almost 50% in 2011 and the Raiders did not lose much.

    Johnson is getting older and was eat alive when he was healthy enough to play last year. Coach Allen game planned against the Raiders last year and at his Press Conference stated the Raiders had huge problems in the secondary.

    Who ever they bring in can do no worse and for a whole bunch of less money.

  19. pettergriffen says: Mar 9, 2012 6:13 PM

    To our division? Fine hes good but i hope were the team that finally breaks his neck in two.

    as far c.johnson i feel sorry for him but we alll have lost loved ones but not all of us make 3.5 mil a year.

    had to cut him and were startin over a new secondary. good luck else where.

    go to the queefs or donkeys

  20. rolltide510 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:13 PM

    Oh no problem, we’ll just grab a cornerback in the draf……..damn.

  21. autumnwind999 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:15 PM

    Cue the Raiders fans eager to swing from Reg Mac’s sack saying how horrible CJ is.

    The real truth: He’s a solid, capable starter who I would like them to bring back. The guy can play and will certainly be contributing for someone this season, prob as a starter, but $3.5 mil is prob a tad high and a decent rookie or minimum salary guy can provide similar production at a reduced cost.

    A team like the Lions would be wise to scoop him up as he’d instantly become their No.1 cb and ultimately, a solid No. 2.

  22. 90210g says: Mar 9, 2012 6:17 PM

    good next cut eugene, van dyke! these fools could not cover or tackle anyone to save their life!

  23. Chairman Al says: Mar 9, 2012 6:17 PM

    Raiders fans, we can be concerned about some of our guys leaving, but not this one. CJ just doesn’t have it anymore, and while he may have floated another year or two in other situations, not when OAK needs to cut some dead weight. This is one move nobody should second-guess. Thanks CJ. Best of luck.

  24. waccoforflacco says: Mar 9, 2012 6:22 PM

    The Raidahs have become the joke of the NFL. All that “Black Hole” and Raider Nation baloney is ancient history. Those clowns that paint their faces and wear the metal spikes wouldn’t scare a mouse. Thay are a just a bunch of sissies in clown get ups.

  25. 90210g says: Mar 9, 2012 6:24 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 9, 2012 5:50 PM
    I thought I knew football and I live here, who dat, who der? Carryover from the Booby Boucher reference in the previous article…

    I can wait until Peyton comes to the AFC West and works the Raiders 8 different ways till Sunday (or ‘on Sunday’ in this case). I can’t wait to see and hear Raider fans cry yet another year, oh, let me taste your tears! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness!

    I would love to see you go to the coliseum and talk you $h!t instead of hiding behind your computer you lil B! It’s going to be funny to see your over-achievers fortyphagets not see the post season!

  26. autumnwind999 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:28 PM

    Snnyjcbs,
    I disagree with that assessment. The Raiders were in the top 2 or 3 in completion pct against last year. Most of the woes can be attributed to the DC, McClain, run d and big plays. I think the secondary’s coverage abilities was least of our worries.

  27. chaser44 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:30 PM

    If they had any draft picks I would say they are a pefect candidate to trade for assante samuel but….

  28. 90210g says: Mar 9, 2012 6:32 PM

    McKenzie needs to trade or cut McLame! We need some DOGS on D! Come on Reggie bring in a true MLB to be the cornertone of the D! I had it with this P…Y!

  29. grimmlock42 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:36 PM

    Autumnwind999 I agree with you almost everytime, but I have to disagree with you on this one. Everyone of our CB’s are terrible. CJ would make 2 or 3 great plays after giving up 10 bad ones. I can’t stand any CB that can’t find the ball and we had a roster full of them. To see Routt, CJ and hopefully a few others gone, is exactly what needs to happen. Our defense was bad from upstairs to the sidelines and on the field. The season starts right now. So far I can’t be more happier than the way things are going. By the way, is there any chance in hell we can get Peyton Manning? Yeah I didn’t think so either.

  30. sammythebull44 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:39 PM

    Reggie clearly knows what he’s doing..he saw how bad this secondary has been and he’s kicking ass

  31. crise40g says: Mar 9, 2012 6:40 PM

    Carr in Silver and Black.

  32. grimmlock42 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:40 PM

    I said it last year. When we had Nnamdi, we gave the other team half the field to work with. Without Nnamdi, the other teams had the whole field to work with. This cost us atleast 2 games and definitely a home playoff game to say the least.

  33. snnyjcbs says: Mar 9, 2012 6:40 PM

    The Raiders also released FS Hiram Eugene who failed his physical putting the Raiders at or near the expected cap.

  34. war27 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:41 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:15 PM

    Cue the Raiders fans eager to swing from Reg Mac’s sack saying how horrible CJ is.

    The real truth: He’s a solid, capable starter

    —————-

    He was and i agree for the most part that if he can come back cheaper I’d love to see him on the Raiders. I’m just pretty sure he isn’t a starter anymore.

    he was solid for the past few years, gotta give him that.

  35. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 9, 2012 6:42 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Mar 9, 2012 6:15 PM
    Cue the Raiders fans eager to swing from Reg Mac’s sack saying how horrible CJ is.

    The real truth: He’s a solid, capable starter who I would like them to bring back. The guy can play and will certainly be contributing for someone this season, prob as a starter, but $3.5 mil is prob a tad high and a decent rookie or minimum salary guy can provide similar production at a reduced cost.

    A team like the Lions would be wise to scoop him up as he’d instantly become their No.1 cb and ultimately, a solid No. 2

    ——————————————————————–

    stop,,,just stop.Enough with this pathetic love fest with the old raider way.Theres a reason they haven’t made the playoffs in about 10 years and are so far over the cap they have to cut and restructure just about every player.Your myopia is showing.

  36. fsckedagain says: Mar 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    It’s about time!!!! Who’s next? Hiram?

    #############################

    The Raiders released Hiram Eugene (failed physical) and Chris Johnson.

  37. thraiderskin says: Mar 9, 2012 6:47 PM

    He was a solid CB, that’s it. I liked him on the team, but at 3.5 million it wasn’t doable. I do believe we will have a real rough you on defense, but that is going to happen when the organization was run in such a questionable manner, year in year out. I really liked Mr. Davis, but some of these guys were just taking advantage of his desire to win and took the ol’man to the cleaners. Hopefully this is the beginning of good times. Either way, no matter what other teams’ fans say, its still better to be a Raider fan than whatever lame team they’re fans of. So please enjoy your awesome, redundant logos, hideous color combinations (blue and orange? really?) and weak traditions.

  38. nineroutsider says: Mar 9, 2012 7:02 PM

    90210g says: Mar 9, 2012 6:24 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 9, 2012 5:50 PM
    I thought I knew football and I live here, who dat, who der? Carryover from the Booby Boucher reference in the previous article…

    I can wait until Peyton comes to the AFC West and works the Raiders 8 different ways till Sunday (or ‘on Sunday’ in this case). I can’t wait to see and hear Raider fans cry yet another year, oh, let me taste your tears! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness!

    I would love to see you go to the coliseum and talk you $h!t instead of hiding behind your computer you lil B! It’s going to be funny to see your over-achievers fortyphagets not see the post season!
    —————————————————–
    Now that’s the type of message a stereotypical Raider fan would write. They come on every 9er post and spread their illiterate, low wage earning anger all over the place and then want to have a shootout when a 9er fan returns the favor. You have got to develop thicker skin or you will continue to be in and out of the pen. That spider web tattoo on your elbow is very nice though, all the welfare honeys dig it! You’re a big deal in your hood bro so good on you.

  39. cowboy88 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:03 PM

    Why would Carr want to play for the crap stain that is the Raiders when he can where a star on his helmet?

  40. thetwilightsown says: Mar 9, 2012 7:24 PM

    Chris Johnson was a decent CB for about 6 games in his career, all while playing opposite Nnamdi, and we saw how that arrangement worked out for the massively overrated Routt. This move was one of a few no-brainers that this site “called” a few weeks back, mostly so they could congratulate themselves once they happened.

    C’mon guys.
    P.S. Donkey Punch fans, Peyton is going to Miami, sorry.

  41. raiderapologist says: Mar 9, 2012 7:36 PM

    cowboy88 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:03 PM

    Why would Carr want to play for the crap stain that is the Raiders when he can where a star on his helmet?

    “Where” a star? I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want to play in front of a bunch of illiterate hilljacks.

  42. ashman23 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    Hiram Eugene cut as well – according to their facebook page (he failed a physical)

  43. chadinkc30 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:45 PM

    Ya that team with a star has won one playoff game in 15 years, that’s about as bad as the raiders not making the playoffs since going to the super bowl 10 years ago…..

  44. philvil41 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:46 PM

    Chris Johnson is a 100% total class act.The gloves he’s wearing in the photo vs. Miami are hanging on my son’s wall.He promised him on Saturday and didn’t forget him after the game on Sunday.Turned out to be his final game with the Raiders.I hope they bring him back for depth,if not I hope he signs with another team and enjoys many more healthy seasons in the NFL.Thanks C.J.

  45. phadedwun says: Mar 9, 2012 8:13 PM

    As a Raiders fan I am going to say this..

    I loved Chris Johnson.. as a person.

    I didn’t like him as a player. He just was not good.

    With that said though – as it stands right now, the Raiders have the worst secondary in the NFL.

    However – I am hoping this means we are picking up two corners in free agency.

  46. lowerlakeca says: Mar 9, 2012 8:14 PM

    Another smart move after smart move after smart move. I can get use to this.

  47. raiderrob21 says: Mar 9, 2012 8:32 PM

    Not a surprise here. He cant stay on the field. Best of luck to ya brotha. Once a Raider ALWAYS a Raider. Come back for less and prove yourself.

    RAIDER NATION!!!

  48. Chairman Al says: Mar 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    @raiderapologist

    That was perfect. Nothing else to add.

  49. backstageatapuppetshow says: Mar 9, 2012 8:56 PM

    snnyjcbs says: Mar 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    The Raiders Secondary was the weak link last year keeping the Raiders out of the Playoffs which they should have easily made.

    Giving up 30 + points to the Bills in less than a half of play. Taking a game that was all but won against Detroit and giving up 20 + points in less than 4 minutes.

    And on and on I could go. Routt giving up a near NFL leading 9 TD’s, not to mention the 17 or so penalties many being pass interference giving up huge yards. Add in his burn rate went from a league low of 30 sum % in 2010 to almost 50% in 2011 and the Raiders did not lose much.

    Johnson is getting older and was eat alive when he was healthy enough to play last year. Coach Allen game planned against the Raiders last year and at his Press Conference stated the Raiders had huge problems in the secondary.

    Who ever they bring in can do no worse and for a whole bunch of less money.

    __________________________________

    If Allen game planned against the Raiders defense last season than he wasn’t doing his job…as he was a Defensive Coordinator last season, and would have only focused his attention on the Raider Offense….

    snnyjcbs, sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here!

  50. dabutcha114 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:02 PM

    Sooo long!! Felt bad when your sis died but u have an obligation to your team and fans. Can’t just quit when chips are down and we are in a playoff run. So now that your not with us your against us. As far as horse face Manning goes, I hope he lands in Denver so Seymour can finish off his neck and and his career. CP3 will put up better numbers than anyone in the west this year with a training camp and full year under his belt.

  51. lilcuzzy says: Mar 9, 2012 9:10 PM

    CJ was never a legit #2 CB , this should of happend a while ago, but he was an Al scholarship guy. McKenzie just needs to continue to trim this fat. Cornerback is a recyclable position in the NFL. I personally dont beleive in overpaying for any CB.

  52. 69finfan says: Mar 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    The gloves didn’t help much on that play as Brian Hartline made that catch. In fact, not much helped the Raiders all day as they got blasted by the Fins 34-14.

  53. tatum064 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:29 PM

    waccoforflacco says:
    Mar 9, 2012 6:22 PM
    The Raidahs have become the joke of the NFL. All that “Black Hole” and Raider Nation baloney is ancient history. Those clowns that paint their faces and wear the metal spikes wouldn’t scare a mouse. Thay are a just a bunch of sissies in clown get ups.
    ===================================
    Internet hero, come to the Black Hole and run your mouth.

    I’d even youtube it for posterity.

  54. tatum064 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:31 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 9, 2012 5:50 PM
    I thought I knew football and I live here, who dat, who der? Carryover from the Booby Boucher reference in the previous article…

    I can wait until Peyton comes to the AFC West and works the Raiders 8 different ways till Sunday (or ‘on Sunday’ in this case). I can’t wait to see and hear Raider fans cry yet another year, oh, let me taste your tears! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness!
    =========

    Yeah, that Giant CHOKE job didnt hurt too much, especially Crabtree’s ONE reception coming in the second half.

    Yeah, he really, really was a better pick than Darrius Heyward-Bey, were just kicking ourselves for passing over Crabs.

    unfathomable sadness, was kidding ROLLED by the Book of Eli in the playoffs.

  55. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 9, 2012 9:32 PM

    I feel for the guy, with what happened to his sister last season, but he’s really never been very good. Letting him go was as much about a lack of talent as it was financially driven, I’m sure.
    Best of luck, Chris…

  56. tatum064 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:44 AM

    69finfan says:
    Mar 9, 2012 9:20 PM
    The gloves didn’t help much on that play as Brian Hartline made that catch. In fact, not much helped the Raiders all day as they got blasted by the Fins 34-14.
    ==================

    Yawn.

    Let me know when you come back from that 27-0 blanking at the Coliseum back in 2000 – IN the PLAYOFFS.

    Dont worry, your due for another smack down when you visit Oak again in 2012.

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