If there’s any doubt the New York Jets are tanking this year, their most recent move should prove it.
The Jets cut veteran linebacker Davis Harris in a move that saves them money — $6.5 in salary and against the salary cap — but will cost them much, much more.
Harris is second on the team all-time in tackles, with 1,251, (Kyle Clifton, with 1,468, holds the record). He’s a respected locker room presence and a leader on the field, with head coach Tood Bowles, according to the New York Post, referring to Harris as “the glue” of the defense.
But now the glue is gone, and Harris becomes the latest veteran to be cast aside by the Jets. Darrelle Revis (no surprise since he’s washed up), Nick Folk, Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold and Calvin Pryor are among the veterans who have been cut or traded.
With arguably the league’s worst quarterback trio in Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenburg, it would make some sense for the Jets to look ahead to the stacked quarterback class of 2018 and hope, just hope, they don’t win enough games to get a draft pick outside of the top 5.