Jets planning to release or trade WR Eric Decker

David Harris who led the Jets in tackles last season is reportedly being cut after a decade with team

David Harris who led the Jets in tackles last season is reportedly being cut after a decade with team

Hours after NY released veteran linebacker David Harris, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters Tuesday the Jets will release wide receiver Eric Decker if they can't trade him.

The Jets free $7.25 million in cap space with Decker's release.

Harris, 33, the Jets' longest-tenured player, was blindsided by the move. Davis is the front-runner to assume Harris' starting spot, but Bowles said the deal for Davis didn't have any bearing on the decision to cut Harris.

"I coach him because he's on the team and Deck is a good player", Bowles said.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, Harris' agents Brian Mackler and Jim Ivler called the timing of the decision "very disappointing".

Now the Jets have a hole at middle linebacker. "I wasn't in those meetings".

He's participated in two of the three OTAs open to the media this spring, including Tuesday's session at One Jets Drive. "Talks broke down. It happened abruptly, obviously".

"We're going to mix it up and let those guys go to camp", Bowles said. Harris also was the last remaining player on the roster from the Eric Mangini era (2006-08). Bowles often referred to him as "the glue" on defense, always effusively praising his quiet leadership.

Davis, who played with the Jets from 2012 to 2015, had 99 combined tackles in 15 starts for the Cleveland Browns past year. He missed one game last season, snapping his streak of 121 consecutive starts.

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