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It has been revealed that the Jets are set to cut ties with 10 year veteran David Harris. The Jets drafted Harris in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL Draft and the former Michigan man has played his entire career with the Jets.
A dominant run stuffer and leader by example, Harris was about to enter his 11th year with the Jets, but it looks as though he'll finish up with a decade in green and white.
Mr Reliable, Harris has been incredibly durable over the years starting every game but one over the last 8 years. Although clearly in the twilight of his career, Harris remained a reliable run stuffer and offered experience to a young linebacking core.
With the arrival of Demario Davis from the Browns, it looks as though the Jets found Harris to be expendable. Harris was set to make $6.5 million this year and it seems as though this is another move in the re-building phase, although giving Harris's snaps to Davis will mean this is purely financial.
Harris has accumulated 1,087 tackles, 35 sacks, 31 pass defenses, 6 Interceptions and 11 forced fumbles over his 10 year career.
Another roster surprise: Jets are planning to release veteran LB David Harris, sources tell ESPN. Was going into 11th season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2017
I understand this is a business and as such tough decisions need to be made. It's a rough one to take as a decade of service is not something you take lightly, it would have been nice to let Harris play out this year as the QB of a very young unit and move on in a more structured way. However the news hit the blogosphere before Harris was even made aware, which to me is completely disrespectful and a disgusting way to treat someone like Harris who has been a pillar of this organization. Rich Cimini tweeted that he has been talking to Harris after the news, and David was unaware that he was being released.
Harris was one hell of a player, I understand the Jets moving on as the franchise looks to rebuild for the future, however I don't understand the way it was handled. Thank you David Harris for a decade of commitment, class, toughness, tenacity, leadership and a lasting legacy. Your spot in the ring of honour is secure.