By waiting until June 1 to release Johnson, the Packers will save $4 million against this year's salary cap, a figure that represents his base salary. Johnson counted $5.1 million against the salary cap, including this year's signing bonus. That money, along with the rest of the prorated cap money, will be pushed onto the 2005 cap — a cost of $4.3 million.
Johnson did not attend the April minicamp, an absence excused by coach Mike Sherman.
Johnson has been a major bust since signing. The two-time Pro Bowler tore a triceps in 2002 and his quad last season. Both injuries were season-ending. All told, Johnson played in just 11 of a possible 32 regular-season games and no playoff games.
Also absent will be cornerback Mike McKenzie. McKenzie's latest agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been talking trade with other teams but nothing has come to fruition. The Packers reportedly want at least a first-round draft pick or an established player of equal caliber for McKenzie, an asking price perhaps deemed too high for a player who has not earned Pro Bowl status.
McKenzie is entering the third season of his five-year, $17.1 million deal.
The first practice will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday. Practices will be held outside on Clark Hinkle Field, weather permitting, and will be open to the public. The Green Bay forecast for at least the next few days calls for plenty of sunshine, but recent heavy rains may keep the outdoor field unplayable for a day or two. If the field is too wet for practice, workouts will be held inside the Don Hutson Center and will be closed to the public.
Wed., June 2: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thurs., June 3: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fri., June 4: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sat., June 5: No practice
Sun., June 6: No practice
Mon., June 7: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tues., June 8: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wed., June 9: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thurs., June 10: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fri., June 11: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.