Recent New York Jets rumors revolve around which players could be in the chopping block next. Linebacker David Harris looks to be safe for now.
New York Jets rumors have picked up in recent days as the front office looks to overhaul the roster. Management has been purging the roster of veterans as the Jets will have a totally new look in 2017 with some mainstays leaving the team.
Things started in 2016 when longtime left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson decided to retire. That was only the start as the team really got going on their overhaul this offseason.
Gone are long-time Jets Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and Nick Folk. Veterans Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady, and Erin Henderson. It is clear the direction the Jets want to go in. They are releasing older players not only to open up opportunities for younger players but to open up salary space as well.
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The Jets may not be done releasing players according to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini. He said that there are plenty of players that may still be on the chopping block. But, one player that is expected to be safe from the roster purge is veteran linebacker, David Harris.
"The Jets aren’t done cutting players, per sources. Marcus Gilchrist, Calvin Pryor, Eric Decker, Buster Skrine and Sheldon Richardson are in danger of losing their roster spots. They could try to trade Pryor and Richardson, both former first-round picks. David Harris appears safe for now, but that could change if they sign a free agent at inside linebacker."
It makes sense for the Jets to hold onto Harris. You cannot release every veteran on the team; there have to be some players with experience on the roster to show the youngsters how to play. Harris is as good as any to hold onto.
Harris has been productive throughout his career and does not break the bank. Harris is in the final year of his three-year deal and will make $6.5 million this season. That is a number worth keeping him with all that he brings to the table.
The Jets could have Harris’ replacement on the roster in either Darron Lee or Jordan Jenkins. They have a solid mentor in Harris and should pick his brain on how to play middle linebacker in the NFL. Keeping Haris gives the Jets a chance to ease the youngsters into a bigger role instead of throwing them to the wolves as starters.