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The great New York Jets Salary Purge of 2017 continued on Tuesday, with general manager Mike Maccagnan releasing Eric Decker and David Harris.
Harris’ dismissal was especially shocking. The Jets approached Harris, who’s been with the team 10 years, about a salary cut a few days ago. Apparently they decided they weren’t going to get a big enough concession, so they waited until after Harris took part in the team’s eighth OTA practice to cut him. Classy!
The Jets have now dumped 11 players in 2017. In addition to Decker ($7.3 million) and Harris ($6.5 million), the victims include future Jets Ring of Honor members Darrelle Revis ($9.3 million) and Nick Mangold ($9 million), plus Brandon Marhsall ($7.5 million), Ryan Clady ($11 million), Marcus Gilchrist ($6 million), Breno Giacomini ($4.5 million), Nick Folk ($3 million), Erin Henderson ($2.3 million), and Calvin Pryor ($1.6 million.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was released in February, doesn’t even count because his $5 million signing bonus will count against the cap this year. However, that $5 million in dead money is easily offset by the whopping $68 million the Jets will save by cutting all those other guys.
On Tuesday, when asked if the Decker and Harris cuts were financially motivated, Maccagnan sat there with a straight face and said no. It was hilarious.
“No, I think there’s a lot of things that go into these decisions,” he said. “I think we’ve been focused on trying to create opportunities for a lot of players on this roster. We have some very competitive positions, and we’ll see how it unfolds going forward.”
You hear that Jets fans? It’s not about money. It’s about opportunities for other players!
When asked if the Jets now owned the worst roster in the NFL, Maccagnan said, “I’m not going to speculate on our roster compared to anybody else’s roster.” However, according to the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, one anonymous NFL executive was willing to speculate:
From an NFL exec- “I think the Jets might have the worst roster I’ve seen in a decade.”
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) June 7, 2017
I guess now we just have to sit around and wait for the Cleveland Browns to do something to inspire one of those “hold my beer” memes.