David Harris tells Kyle Clifton that his all-time tackle record is safe in a goodbye letter to the New York Jets.
Earlier this week Harris was released by the Jets along with Eric Decker. The Jets save $6.5 million by releasing the linebacker and there is no dead money as a result of the release. In the letter, Harris thanked team owner Woody Johnson and the entire organization for letting him fulfill his childhood dream. He then thanked the coaches for teaching him how to play the game right and then he thanked his teammates.
“To all of my former teammates, I enjoyed every single moment playing beside you throughout the years, during all of the ups and downs. Only we know the sacrifices that were made, day in and day out, to be able to put out the very best product possible for our fans. I want every single one of you to know that my loyalty has always been to you guys in that locker room and to the coaches. And last but not least, to all of those diehard Jets fans — thank you for your support and motivation,” he wrote.
Harris ended the letter by saying “GO Jets” and then making a note about a goal that he had failed to accomplish. In recent years he had told friends that he wanted to overtake Kyle Clifton as the franchise leader in tackles, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. Clifton had 1,471 tackle while Harris had 1,260, good for second on the all-time list.
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The linebacker ended the letter by saying, “P.S. — To Kyle Clifton, your Jets all-time tackle record is now safe.” Clifton probably blew a sigh of relief when he saw that. Harris also had 35 sacks and six interceptions in his career with the Jets.
The Jets signed former New York Giants linebacker Spencer Paysinger on Friday to fill Harris’s spot. Paysinger was with the Giants for four years, but was with the Miami Dolphins for the last two years. He has five fumble recoveries and one sack in his career. He will compete with Demario Davis, Bruce Carter, and Julian Stanford for a starting spot.