Jets HC Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that they have, in fact, released long-time LB David Harris.
Bowles referred to the decision to cut Harris as “an organizational decision” and added that while they discussed a pay cut, there was “a breakdown in talks,” per Rich Cimini.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering how late in the NFL offseason it is for a team to release a player. However, the Jets did just complete a trade for Demario Davis and could be looking to get faster on defense.
Harris, 33, is a former second-round pick of the Jets back in 2007. He was in the final year of his three-year, $21.5 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $6.5 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Harris will free up $6.5 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2016, Harris appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 94 tackles, a half sack and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 35 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.