Eric Decker and the New York Jets set to part ways

David Harris

David Harris

Thinking about this for a second, the Jets were releasing David Harris and told Decker, who plays wide receiver, they were going to part-ways with him, they made a decision to reach out to a 37-year old receiver who just recently retired. He went on to spend four seasons in Denver before leaving to sign a five-year deal worth NY in 2014 worth more than $36 million.

He was expected to make $7.25 million next season.

Bowles, following a 5-11 sophomore season, has been set up as the fall guy now that David Harris and Eric Decker are joining Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and Brandon Marshall out the green-and-white door. Veteran Josh McCown and youngsters Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are competing for the starting job.

"It wasn't an easy time". "I don't know if there's a good or a bad time to do this, but this is obviously something we discussed as an organization".

It's hard to imagine the Jets being competitive in the AFC East - not as the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have stocked up on new offensive pieces this offseason.

NY picked up Harris with the 47 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early Tuesday evening, after the firing was done, a somber Maccagnan addressed the beat reporters in a second-floor boardroom at One Jets Drive. It's nearly like the Jets realized midstream "maybe we should have one guy who can actually catch an National Football League pass so that we can go 1-15 instead of 0-16".

He told ESPN 98.7 radio in NY last month, "Really, the way I want to be judged this year, hopefully, from the fans' standpoint, is just watch how we improve during the year, and look at each individual on the team and see how they're getting better".

Before receiving the bad news, Harris told ESPN that he welcomed the return of Davis, who played with the Jets from 2012 to 2015.

Bowles was clearly conflicted Tuesday by having to say goodbye to a player he loves and respects and abiding by the wishes of management operating in a cutthroat salary-cap world where loyalty is a one-way street. While he's certainly on the decline, he was still playing well enough to be the Jets' best linebacker.

The state of the Dallas Cowboys linebacker corps is one of high fascination as we near training camp. "David's been a Jet all his life. We have advised Eric that if a trade doesn't happen, we'll move forward [without him]". "Being able to go out there and actually take those reps and do it live has been great, so I'd say I feel a lot more comfortable than past year".

But these Jets, well, they are in complete rebuild mode.

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