In what appears to be a sign that the New York Jets are in the 99% rebuilding mode, the team announced they have released LB David Harris. What's even more shocking to many fans, Eric Decker was informed by the New York Jets that he will be traded if healthy or cut.
Harris and Decker aren't alone in the house clearing since the New York Jets ended their dismal 2016 season; the Jets cut Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, Nick Folk, Brandon Marshall and Marcus Gilcrist. That's a long list of veteran players told to hit the road. Calvin Pryor was traded to Cleveland and both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith had become free agents at the end of the season.
What's really upsetting about the Harris trade is the way the Jets went about his release. According to Harris's agents, "The Jets could have done this prior to free agency instead of waiting three months, especially for a player who has exhibited nothing but loyalty and class for 10 years." The New York Jets always surprise (or is it let us down) in their handling of player situations time and time again.
30 year old Decker recently participated in organized team activities in the last few weeks after coming off hip and shoulder surgery in the off season. So news that he will be released if the New York Jets can't trade him is rather shocking. It appears that the New York Jets are keeping just about every player on the team under 30 years of age.
Well, that's everyone except the possible 2017 possible starting quarterback Josh McCown. It's like "Groundhog Day" as far as the position of quarterback goes with the New York Jets. Hello !!! At 37 years of age, has anyone else noticed he's even older than our last quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Decker and Harris releases leave a big space in the salary cap, with the Harris cut opening $6.5 million against the salary cap and Decker's release leaving another $5.75 million available.
I believe it will be a very boring season this year. More and more season ticket holders will remain sorry they paid for the PSL. Having to pay full price for the two useless pre-season games is really another ridiculous situation season ticket holders have no say over as well. Let's hope I'm wrong as far as the season goes.
Victoria L. Dammer, a native of Florham Park N.J., is a dedicated, active Jets fan and season ticket holder. She never misses a chance to cheer for Gang Green. Follow Victoria on Twitter @JetsFanChatter or email her at email@example.com
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