The New York Giants have announced that they have terminated the contract of wide receiver and special teams ace Dwayne Harris.
The move isn’t a surprising one, as Harris had his 2017 season ended prematurely by injury, after an injury-plagued 2016 season. Per ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, Harris was informed of his release as soon as he passed his physical on Thursday.
Harris initially looked to be well worth the surprising five-year contract to which he was signed prior to the 2015 season. That season he not only proved to be a significant upgrade to all of the Giants’ special teams, but was also a tough and reliable slot receiver in relief of the injured Victor Cruz.
However, Harris’ incredible toughness worked against him and the myriad of injuries through which he played caught up with him and his effectiveness declined dramatically.
The move also fits in with the Giants’ heavy interest in Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton [Prospect Profile]. Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst reported that the Giants showed heavy interest in Hamilton at the East-West Shrine Game, and Hamilton himself has said that the Giants have shown among the most interest of any team, speaking to him multiple times throughout the draft process. Hamilton is a polished route runner, has high upside as a possession receiver and special teams contributor.
The moves saves the Giants $2.45 million against the 2018 salary cap. The will incur $1.6 million in dead money.