Entering this offseason, Harris was one of several Jets veterans who seemed at risk to be cut.
The Jets have a plan, even though these latest moves make it appear that they're flying by the seat of their trousers. The Jets can't even tank properly.
"I think our focus has been from day one to build this thing through the draft", Maccagnan said of the massive rebuild.
Luckily, Hicks - who has a history of injuries - made it through the 2016 season having played 95 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
The latest two moves rid NY of somewhat pricey vets, but it also put two people in particular in an impossible situation. The Jets also only figure to be slightly ahead of the Miami Dolphins (6-10) and Minnesota Vikings (6-10), two teams with tougher schedules. Hackenberg said Tuesday per the New York Daily News.
Harris' release came at a bad time for the linebacker entering his 11th season in the NFL. Recognize any of these names? Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall and rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen will all compete for depth roles.
Those are Hackenberg's top targets this season with Decker nearly certainly out of the picture. Not that David Harris would come cheaply- initial reports were that he wanted more money than the Jets were willing to pay, especially with Darron Lee as a proimising second-year player. As such, 37-year-old quarterback Josh McCown is the oldest player on the team by five years.
Randy Lange: Confidence is rising for QB Christian Hackenberg. We saw how the struggles of Philadelphia's receivers impacted Carson Wentz, and how the Rams' lack of a No. 1 wideout hindered Jared Goff.
"We'll evaluate it going forward", Maccagnan added. Fair or not, that is what's going to happen.
Decker, though, wasn't the only veteran, capable Jet to be shown the door this week.
As fans, we often wonder if the Jets know what they're doing.
Bowles, of course, may not be either. Sam Darnold might be who they have their eyes on. He underwent hip surgery and an operation on his shoulder.
But neither that nor the pain their fan base is about to feel is enough to discourage the Jets from diving into the same rabbit hole.
The big problem, besides the Jets playing a relatively easy schedule, is that they already were really bad last season and still couldn't manage a top-three pick.
Tanking badly? Come to think about, that might be exactly what we would expect from a Jets team that can't seem to do anything right.
Do you remember ten years ago when the Jets refused to give Pete Kendall a $1 million raise and tanked the season?
As for how Los Angeles could find themselves in play to bring Decker on board, it sounds insane to even consider, but how awesome would it be if NY was willing to pull off a swap involving Austin?