National Football League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Jets on Saturday declined to exercise an option to retain running back Chris Johnson.
The team did pick up $250,000 options on linebackers Calvin Pace and Jason Babin, who will combine to make about $3.5 million in 2015.
By not paying Johnson's $500,000 bonus, the Jets are allowing him to become a free agent.
Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million contract after being released by the Tennessee Titans last year. By not keeping him, the Jets will save $4 million against the salary cap.
Johnson, a former 2,000-yard back, put together a disappointing season in 2014, rushing 155 times for 663 yards and a touchdown. He also was arrested last month in Orlando, Fla., and charged with the open carrying of a firearm.
The Jets also are expected to let quarterback Michael Vick become a free agent. Vick, 34, took over for starter Geno Smith several times last season, appearing in 10 games.
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The Dallas Cowboys have declined the three-year option on defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Melton's agent, Jordan Woy, confirmed a Dallas Morning News report that Melton will become a free agent and be available to sign with any team starting March 10. Continued...