Bruce Carter

Jets release David Harris, franchise's 2nd-leading tackler

David Harris has made his final tackle for the New York Jets.

The playmaking linebacker was released Tuesday, a stunning move in which the team parted ways with one of its most-productive and well-respected players.

"It was an organizational decision," coach Todd Bowles said.

Cutting the franchise's second-leading tackler, who practiced with the team Tuesday and was in the locker room afterward, will save the Jets $6.5 million on the salary cap. Bowles said the team and Harris, a second-round draft pick out of Michigan in 2007, had been discussing a salary reduction.

"They didn't come to an agreement and we didn't come to an agreement, and it led...