Jets release David Harris, franchise's 2nd-leading tackler


Jets release David Harris, franchise's 2nd-leading tackler

The wide receiver's wife is anxious that is the case, airing out her concerns Tuesday afternoon on Twitter after the Jets cut veteran linebacker David Harris, who spent 10 seasons with the team. The Jets discussed a pay cut with Harris, but that does not appear to have been accepted, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Harris registered more than 100 tackles in six seasons, but was never selected to a Pro Bowl.

The move was a surprise because of Harris' status as the Jets' longest-tenured player - and it being so late in the offseason. According to head coach Todd Bowles negotiations between the team and Harris to lower his salary broke down, which led to Harris' release.

Ironically, Harris' spot at inside linebacker (alongside 2016 first-round pick Darron Lee) will be filled by Demario Davis, just reacquired from the Browns in the Pryor trade.

"Very disappointed in the timing of this event and the decision", the player's agents said in a statement provided to NFL Media. Eric Decker, due to make a non-guaranteed $7.25 million, is believed to be in danger. "The Jets could've done this prior to free agency instead of waiting three months, especially for a player who has exhibited nothing but loyalty and class for 10 years".

"That's a good question", Bowles said. "I wasn't in those meetings".

- Bowles on the decisions made by the front office: "It's not like they [the front office] are making these moves behind my back".

A second-round pick in the 2007 draft, Harris has spent the last 10 seasons with the Jets. He called the defensive signals for Bowles' defense and played 87 percent of the defensive snaps last season. He missed one game last season, snapping his streak of 121 consecutive starts.

- Harris started 147 games for the Jets tenure, placing him sixth all-time in franchise history. Expect Harris to get work for a team that could use help at middle linebacker - perhaps the Oakland Raiders?