Former Jets linebacker David Harris will be coming back to MetLife Stadium this Sunday for the first time as an opponent, but he won't get the warmest of greetings from his former head coach.
"We're not going to kiss and go on a date. I'll say hi," Todd Bowles told reporters jokingly. "I don't think there's going to be time for no Dear Abby meetings on the football field."
However, Bowles did say how much Harris meant to the Jets during his time with the club.
"David was a great leader when he was here," Bowles said. "Obviously, a class guy, great football player, great person, his work ethic was outstanding. You don't get those guys to come around often. David was one of those guys personally to me and he'll always be missed."
Harris has one combined tackle through his first three games played with the Patriots. Drafted in 2010 by the Jets, Harris spent 10 seasons in New York and recorded 710 total tackles, 35.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and six interceptions.
After the Jets had cut many veteran players in preparation for a rebuild, the team also decided to cut ties with Harris before training camp this year.
Bowles added: "It ended awkwardly, but my feelings about David don't change at all."