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Agent for Released Jets LB David Harris Rips Team for Timing of Release

The Jets wanted longtime middle linebacker David Harris to play for less money in 2017. But after the two sides couldn’t agree on a pay cut, the Jets on Tuesday released Harris, their longest-tenured player.

Harris, a respected locker room leader, had been with the Jets since they drafted him in 2007. Considering what a valuable part of their team he’d been — plus the late timing of the release — the news of Harris’ departure was stunning.

And Harris’ agents, who obviously are biased here, released a statement to ESPN that ripped the Jets for how they handled this situation, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Here is that statement, from Brian Mackler and Jim Ivler:

“Very disappointing in the timing of this event and the decision. The Jets could have done this prior to free agency instead of waiting three months, especially for a player who has exhibited nothing but loyalty and class for 10 years.”

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