In a surprising turn of events, the New York Jets have released long-time veteran David Harris after 10 seasons. Another vet bites the dust.
?: Todd Bowles called David Harris release "an organizational decision" …adds "talks broke down." #jets pic.twitter.com/tFGTuJIhso
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) June 6, 2017
The initial diagnosis of the New York Jets’ trade last week to acquire former starting ILB Demario Davis appeared to be a depth move. Well as we learned today, it appears much more than that.
Although don’t tell David Harris that, because ESPN’s Rich Cimini said that he spoke with Harris after news broke and he had no idea. That seems like a pretty crappy way to treat the longest tenured player on the team.
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Todd Bowles said the Demario Davis trade had no bearing on David Harris release.
— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) June 6, 2017
You can’t say enough good things about Harris and what he brought to this team. Over 1000 career tackles (second leading tackler in franchise history), 35 sacks, and throw in six interceptions. While as time went on his 33-year old body didn’t hold up like it used too, he was still effective.
Although for the first time in five years he had under 100 tackles on the season. From a pass coverage standpoint he was easily one of the worst statistically speaking.
But some of his key plays during critical moments will forever live in Jets lore.
The Jets lost to this same team by over 40 points during the regular season. But came back in the playoffs to beat the seemingly invincible New England Patriots to send the Jets to the AFC Championship game for the second consecutive year.
But I must tell you I “can’t wait” until Harris is in the Jets’ Ring of Honor, another famous moment that came out of this game.
But getting away from history and back to the present, David Harris is another casualty of the purge on the Jets’ roster.
Mainstays and veterans alike were gutted including: Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, and now David ‘Hitman’ Harris.
So what does that mean for this current crop of Jets? Well they better hope Demario Davis is ready to pair along with former first round pick Darron Lee.
Although with the most recent Darron Lee news, perhaps the Jets should’ve waited a hot minute before pulling the trigger, but I digress.
With this move the Jets saved $6.5m with the release and no dead money included per Spotrac. We’ll discuss this further on this week’s edition of The Jets Zone via Sports War Radio.