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Todd Bowles: Jets tried to negotiate pay cut before releasing David Harris

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When Jets coach Todd Bowles finally showed up for his Tuesday press conference, he acknowledged that the Jets are indeed releasing long-time linebacker David Harris.

Bowles called it “an organizational decision,” and he acknowledged that the team tried to negotiate a pay cut before making the decision to move on.

So why is the move happening now?

“That’s a good question,” Bowles said. “Talks broke down. It happened abruptly, obviously.”

There’s still time for someone else to get involved abruptly, if a team is willing to assume the contract at $6.5 million and to give the Jets something of value in order to secure dibs on Harris. Until the move is final, a trade can happen.

If Harris indeed refused a pay cut, it’s possible that his agent discreetly gauged the market to see whether another team would be willing to pay Harris more than whatever the Jets had offered Harris. Technically tampering for other teams to provide that information, it’s a common tactic aimed at giving the player the best information possible regarding what lurks behind Door No. 2 before telling his current employer to take Door No. 1 and shove it.

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20 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Jets tried to negotiate pay cut before releasing David Harris”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:04 PM

    CHEAP Jetsies

    Very CHEAP

  2. robkeezy says: Jun 6, 2017 3:04 PM

    As a Jets fan, I’m a bit disappointed with this whole situation. The release itself comes as a shock. Harris is a locker room presence, reliable tackler, and orchestrator of the middle of that Jets defense. Considering there are no high profile free agents available, that would add equal value to the team, it’s almost disrespectful to ask Harris to take a pay cut, especially at this point in the off-season.

  3. dpdonny says: Jun 6, 2017 3:19 PM

    Welcome to New England, Mr. Harris.

  4. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:27 PM

    One of the few good players they had. He deserves to work for another team.

  5. ncfloyd says: Jun 6, 2017 3:31 PM

    So if teams tamper by contacting agents of players under contract as has been suggested before free agency opens, is it ok for agents to tamper in the way as has been suggested by Harris’s agent?

  6. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:31 PM

    Why would he want to play on the cheap for a losing franchise. He end up NE probably, as a Denver fan I would love to have this guy.

  7. redclaw1314 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:35 PM

    tank-a-thon continues (Roger,what could be worse for the integrity of the game?)

  8. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jun 6, 2017 3:50 PM

    Thanks for a great nine years of dedicated service to the Jets, David. You will be missed by us fans.

  9. omegalh says: Jun 6, 2017 4:03 PM

    David Harris was solid but he wasn’t a playmaker. Time for new blood IMO.

  10. jmoney74 says: Jun 6, 2017 4:22 PM

    He’s 33 though

  11. weepingjebus says: Jun 6, 2017 4:32 PM

    What agent would go to their client with a deal to take less money to play for the Jets? You would be fired and probably sued.

  12. bighoser says: Jun 6, 2017 5:07 PM

    He’d look great in Silver & Black!

  13. grumpysal says: Jun 6, 2017 5:30 PM

    This is just sooooo JETS…

  14. razzlejag says: Jun 6, 2017 5:42 PM

    Stop crying. The guy is, what, 32-33? His best days are behind him. The Patriots do this all the time and remain one of the most financially viable teams in the NFL. Better to cut a guy a year too early…you know the rest.

    $6.5 mill for an aging LB who’s lost a step? The Jets aren’t going anywhere, why would a losing team pay that? A winner wouldn’t either.

  15. 1nationraidernation says: Jun 6, 2017 5:45 PM


  16. ricknorris2014 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:44 PM

    Reggie, call him up. We have a need at LB!

  17. georgeexley says: Jun 6, 2017 7:52 PM

    I’m a Dolphin fan and I love this guy. I guess the Juts are in total rebuild mode. That said, there needs to be locker room presence to teach the youngsters how to be a pro.
    Todd Bowles is a good coach, hope he gets the time he needs in NY but I think he is already a lame duck.

  18. tomhipps says: Jun 6, 2017 8:53 PM

    “…giving the player the best information possible regarding what lurks behind Door No. 2 before telling his current employer to take Door No. 1 and shove it.”

    -Best line ever

  19. officialgame says: Jun 6, 2017 9:09 PM

    Eagle should look at him.

  20. unbreakable02215 says: Jun 6, 2017 9:24 PM

    Donte Hightower’s backup

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