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Jets to cut veteran linebacker David Harris

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After 10 seasons with the Jets, David Harris is on the way out.

The Jets are planning to cut Harris, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The move comes as a surprise, as Harris started 15 games last year and has a good reputation as a locker room leader. However, Harris was due a $6.5 million base salary this season, and the Jets can cut him and wipe him off the books entirely, with no additional cap charge.

The newly arrived Demario Davis and 2016 first-round pick Darron Lee will be the players counted on to take Harris’s role in the defense.

The 33-year-old Harris was the longest-tenured Jet and the only player left from the Eric Mangini era. Now he’s done as a Jet.

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27 Responses to “Jets to cut veteran linebacker David Harris”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:00 PM


    Their best defenders is now gone.

    Welcome to NE in a part time role.

  2. lovemesomevikewins says: Jun 6, 2017 2:02 PM

    packers need to start picking up linebackers, safety, CB, defensive line scraps discarded by anyone. They will be lucky to finish 7-9 with the defense they are fielding.

  3. robkeezy says: Jun 6, 2017 2:03 PM

    That’s too bad; a leader, a smart football mind, who runs the middle of the defense, and a tackling machine. He’s a fan favorite, and he’ll be missed.

  4. suggsbradycrowder says: Jun 6, 2017 2:06 PM

    Welcome to new england…

  5. dynaco says: Jun 6, 2017 2:08 PM

    A fan favorite but was weak in coverage last year(along with the others). Best wishes #52

  6. finsphan says: Jun 6, 2017 2:08 PM

    Great player, very underrated in this league for years. He’ll catch on somewhere as a stopgap LB and help mentor some youngsters on how to play this game right. Great career.

  7. burtmustin says: Jun 6, 2017 2:09 PM

    If they are interested up north, he can sign with them and get a SuperBowl ring next season.

  8. 6ball says: Jun 6, 2017 2:10 PM

    It’s official. The Jets are both mathematically eliminated and are on the clock. June 6 is the earliest date a team has ever announced their intention to tank the season.

  9. baldy55 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:18 PM

    Not a fan of this move. Hitman Harris best of luck .

  10. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:22 PM

    Has lost a step. Thank God Rex is gone or they would be overpaying him in Buffalo and cutting Brown or Ragland

  11. mlhigh says: Jun 6, 2017 2:23 PM

    Raiders, line 1.

  12. navyvandal says: Jun 6, 2017 2:25 PM

    As a pats fan i HATE the JETS….HATE them. And although Harris is a Michigan guy, I always liked him. Solid player, wasn’t running his mouth like Rex Ryan, Bart Scott or Cromartie. Hopefully he finds a niche as a part time player on a good team that gives him a shot at a ring

  13. streetyson says: Jun 6, 2017 2:40 PM

    It would seem a classless way to treat a long-standing veteran if they just cut him out of the blue this late, but more likely there were failed negotiations over a possible extension to reduce his cap-hit.

  14. raiderrob21 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:41 PM

    Reggie get his agent on the phone and work your contract magic!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  15. tylawspick6 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:45 PM

    Those smelly and embarrassing Jetsies wasted someone else’s career.

  16. birdmantd says: Jun 6, 2017 2:57 PM

    For a team which has a long history of bad second round picks (the latest being Can’t-Hack-It-Burg), Harris more than exceeded expectations. Solid contributor and none of the off field drama as some of his other teammates. Hopefully he’ll catch on elsewhere.

  17. bigdaddy44 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:06 PM

    Straight up I-95 to earn your ring. This is one man who definitely deserves a shot at a Superbowl before he retires. LB is one area where NE could use an upgrade. Even with a lost step, he could still be very successful in this system.

  18. sbmcintosh36 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:15 PM

    BTW TY Leonard Williams is the best player on the defense and it’s not even close

  19. bullcharger says: Jun 6, 2017 3:16 PM

    Great 9 year career so far.

    He was a huge part of the Jets success in 2009 and 2010.

    Big pick against Brady in a very painful AFC divisional game.

    Someone will pick him up for his brains. I bet the Patriots do kick the tires.

  20. mojodoa says: Jun 6, 2017 3:40 PM

    Excuse me Mr. Harris……there’s a Mr. McKenzie on the line wishing to speak to you.

  21. whywerule says: Jun 6, 2017 3:47 PM

    For a team that just about needs to start from scratch this does make some sense; releasing a veteran who is on the back 9 of his career and making big money. But what young players can the Jets bring in now to fill the void? And, with Mangold, Revis and Harris gone, who are the Jets locker room leaders. I guess Leonard Williams, still a newbie, is one team leader now. Anyone else…seriously?

  22. kwspence121 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:48 PM

    come play next to Timmons in Miami

  23. veloman75 says: Jun 6, 2017 4:48 PM

    Jerry Reese loves older LBs.

  24. joefelicelli says: Jun 6, 2017 5:11 PM

    I hope Darron Lee doesn’t get in trouble for the situation the other night where Leonard Williams literally picked him up and carried him away from the confrontation so he wouldn’t get in more trouble.

    Harris has been rock solid for a long time. He will not be out of work long.

  25. razzlejag says: Jun 6, 2017 5:35 PM

    If he’s lost a step, why would the Patriots want him? If he loses another step, he’ll be a perfect J-E-T.

  26. mattbilleauthor says: Jun 6, 2017 5:44 PM

    Dolphins should grab him: still a good player and knows the division teams.

  27. milehighcityboss says: Jun 6, 2017 6:14 PM

    He should definitely consider the Broncos. We could use him!

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