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Jets continue purge, part ways with vets Harris, Decker

Jets continue purge, part ways with vets Harris, Decker

Fortunately for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie the New York Jets just released the ideal fit in 11-year veteran David Harris, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 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. In addition to enhanced draft positioning, the Jets will carry that extra cap space into 2018, along with (per NFLPA records) almost $9 million they now have in 2017. Other veterans recently released include center Nick Mangold, offensive lineman D'Brickashaw Ferguson and cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. The news comes on the heels of the team releasing veteran linebacker David Harris on Tuesday morning, as the Jets are clearly entering into rebuilding mode this season.

I was especially comfortable with them not taking a quarterback and, instead, going into 2017 with Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty prepared to battle for a job in camp. But we've see many teams put off a much-needed rebuild because of an irrational confidence in a flawed roster. When another Twitter user replied with, "I hope Eric isn't next...", she tweeted, "Apparently no one is safe".

Early Tuesday evening, after the firing was done, a somber Maccagnan addressed the beat reporters in a second-floor boardroom at One Jets Drive. In addition, the New York Jets told Eric Decker they will either trade or release the seven-year veteran this week, creating another formidable option out there on the market for the Ravens to potentially snatch up.

"Very disappointed in the timing of this event and the decision", the player's agents said in a statement provided to NFL Media. "If he's going to prosper and do really good, it'll be in this offense because it gives him an opportunity to play laterally".

"Sometimes trades happen after word gets out", Maccagnan said.

It's safe to say they were right. The rosy picture is that some of these players will become the nucleus of the hoped-for championship-caliber Jets of the 2020s.

"We have a good relationship", Bowles said. And there's the pot at the end of this year's rainbow, with USC's Sam Darnold or Wyoming's Josh Allen waiting to hear their name called in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The official news dribbled out in typically odd Jets fashion, following the team's OTA practice early Thursday afternoon (in which Harris and Decker participated) and delaying Bowles' regular weekly news conference by nearly an hour.

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