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(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...

Presenter Julian Edelman, of the New England Patriots, poses in the press room during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Blake