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New York Giants release Dwayne Harris

Dwayne Harris

It looks like the New York Giants are going to look a little different when they take the field next season. They will still have Eli Manning throwing to Odell Beckham, but Jason Pierre-Paul is no longer on the defense, and wide receiver Dwayne Harris is on his way out too.

The Giants released him Thursday afternoon, according to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper. The move will save the Giants $2.45 million in cap space. They only had about $3.4 million before the move was made.

Harris was signed away from the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 on a five-year deal that paid $17.5 million. He set new personal bests in 2015 with 36 receptions for 396 yards and four touchdowns. But, he only had one pass thrown his way in 2016 (which he caught for a touchdown). He was never targeted in 2017.

Prior to last season, the Giants restructured his deal, esentially gave him a pay cut but an opportunity to earn that money back via incentives.

Unfortunately, a fractured foot in Week 5 cut his season short last year, but he was not really part of the offense anyway. His best work in Dallas was as a return man, and the Giants used him in much the same way. But in today’s NFL, most teams don’t care to designate someone as a ‘return specialist.’ They want someone who can do the job but also serve in another capacity.

Harris never seemed to fit in the plans for the Giants on offense. It will be interesting to see if anyone decides to give him another shot.

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