By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets have released veteran linebacker David Harris.
Harris has been with the Jets his entire career since being the 47th overall pick in the 2007 draft, but his career in green has come to an abrupt, yet foreseen, end. In 2015, the Jets naïvely offered Harris a three-year deal, despite him already being 31 at the time. To top it off, it was an enormous amount of money, with $15 million guaranteed, amounting to a $21.5 million contract.
Unfortunately, he didn’t remain the same linebacker they had continuously loved, and he eventually became an unremovable burden due to the fact he had too big of a contract to trade away or release.
But the Jets made smart decisions in the front office and were able to clear a path to move on from the now 33-year-old linebacker. They did this by trading safety Calvin Pryor III to the Browns and reuniting with linebacker Demario Davis, thus clearing cap and allowing the Jets to have a trustworthy replacement for Harris.
Luckily the $15 million guaranteed to Harris was a signing bonus, so it has already been paid off, and the Jets were able to release him debt-free, clearing $6.5 million in cap space, which the Jets will surely use to help strengthen the team.