Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wasn't afraid to voice his disapproval of the Jets cutting veteran LB David Harris, per Manish Mehta of NY Daily News.
Jets owner, Woody Johnson, made the call to cut Harris as he looks to shed payroll for the upcoming season. Upon hearing the news, Richardson said what many were most likely thinking.
"It shocked the s--t out of me," Richardson said. "It is a business. But after a while it don't become a business. Dave wasn't (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken something (a fair and reasonable pay cut). I know he wasn't busting nobody over there. He don't want to play for free, either."
"It's like 'Come on, man.' He started here 10 years strong. He's been here every day. He's a true pro. It's the front office, bruh. It was shocking. And he's THE leader of the defense. He's my quarterback of the defense."
Richardson and Harris were extremely close in the Jets locker room. Richardson actually moved his locker to be next to Harris last season.
Once Harris told Richardson of his release, Richardson said he told him, "I appreicate you through the good and the bad."
Sophomore LB Darron Lee already feels the void in the linebacker corps.
"I miss him," Lee said. "He's a great mentor and a great leader. I'm stil going to consult him. Even though he won't be around here, I'm still going to ask him for advice and everything. But definitely (it) was a somber day the next day and for the whole defense, really, and for this whole organization and for everybody in here. Because Dave was like a dad to all of us, a lot of young guys in here. He was like a father to me."
Harris was set to be a $6.5 million cap hit on the Jets this season.