One of General Manager’s Mike Maccagnan’s toughest decisions to date came about today, as the Jets elected to release ILB David Harris. Harris spent 10 seasons with the team before being released today.
Jets now have released LB David Harris.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2017
Harris was a true professional. He worked hard, played hard, and never was a distraction to the team. Cutting Harris today was a very unjust move towards a very loyal player. Although the decision makes a lot of sense considering that the Jets are rebuilding, the team could’ve cut him before the start of free agency, which would have put him in a more favorable situation when finding a new team.
On a positive note, the Jets are not going to be a playoff contender anytime soon, so this gives Harris the opportunity to go to a contender and potentially win a Super Bowl. Coach Todd Bowles stated that “Harris has a lot of good football left,” which suggests that he may have multiple suitors.
Harris’ tenure with the Jets likely ended when the team suddenly brought back linebacker Demario Davis via a trade. Davis is five years younger than Harris and is thus a better fit for a rebuilding team.
Harris doesn’t have the individual achievements to solidify him as an all-time great, as he was only a 2nd team All-Pro once in his career. However, Harris was a very good veteran presence on the team and quarterbacked several great defenses. Harris ends his tenure with the Jets with 708 career tackles, which puts him firmly in fourth place in team history. He also added 35 sacks in his ten-year career.