Agents for David Harris criticize timing of release

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Many Jets fans were surprised and disappointed by the sudden decision to release linebacker David Harris. So were Harris and his agents.

“Very disappointed in the timing of this event and the decision,” the player’s agents said in a statement provided to NFL Media. “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.”

They’re right. The Jets could have done it. But with the structure of the contract not compelling them to move quickly, via for example a significant roster bonus or guaranteed payment triggered in the middle of March, the Jets had the luxury of time.

They risked owing Harris $6.5 million if he’d suffered a serious injury during offseason workouts, but as the Chiefs did with receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Jets rolled the dice in order to evaluate Harris and those who may take his place.

Right or wrong doesn’t matter in these situations; the Harris contract allowed the Jets to drag their feet. If they’d wanted to wait even longer, they could have.

Indeed, the Jets wouldn’t have been the first team to wait until late August to put the take-a-pay-cut-or-take-a-hike ultimatum on the table. The only good news for Harris is that, by doing it now, the Jets have given him more of a chance to find his next NFL destination.

8 responses to “Agents for David Harris criticize timing of release

  1. David’s agent could have accepted the pay cut / extension, and all of this wouldn’t have happened at all…

  2. >>bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    Jun 6, 2017 4:00 PM
    David’s agent could have accepted the pay cut / extension, and all of this wouldn’t have happened at all…

    Except he wasn’t offered this. Harris has made plenty of money, and was over paid the last 2 years, but I still don’t like cutting him with no notice late in pre-season, when he’s been a team leader for years.

  3. Did the agent forget the NFL is a business. What is best for your business can change from one month to the next or even hour to hour. Your client believes he can earn more then what the Jets were prepared to pay him on the open market.
    Hard to feel sorry for a guy that made $36mil on 2011-14 contract and another $7.5mil/yr in 2015 & 16.

  4. IT MATTERS! WHEN THE JETS TRY TO SIGN PLAYERS IN THE FUTURE, THEIR AGENTS & THE PLAYERS WILL REMEMBER HOW SHABBILY HARRIS WAS TREATED. EITHER YOU TREAT PLAYERS WITH CLASS OR YOU STAY IN LAST! 😦 SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR, BASEBALL MUNCHIES FROM THE 70S! SAMPLES AT WORDPRESS goudsal9068

  5. Wonder when they will cut Forte. Seems imminent in light of their decision to fail and tank for 2017.

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