Well well, the saga is finally over and as per NFLPA records, New York Giants wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris had his contract restructured to remain with the club.
Dwayne Harris had three years remaining on his contract on a five-year deal signed ahead of 2015 season. He was set to earn $2.975 million in base salary as well as a $25,000 workout bonus this year. Moreover, he would have had a $3.8 million salary cap in 2017, but he struggled as a returner in 2016.
According to the reports, in his reworked contract, Harris' base salary is $2.475 million, which is $500,000 less than his initially set salary for the 2017 season. Still, there is now $1.1 million fully guaranteed in his contract.
In gist, Harris' salary cap number will be lowered $500K to $3.3 million for upcoming season since it's officially considered a not likely to be earned (NLTBE) incentive.
The New York Giants were looking to restructure Harris’ deal as they had an addition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall at the start of free agency. Reports emerge that if there wasn’t a compromise, there was a possibility of Harris being released by the team, a source told Adam Schefter at the time.
If Harris were to be released, the Giants would have saved just around $1.4 million against the cap and taken a straight hit of $2.4 million in dead money.
Harris has made the Pro Bowl this past season primarily of his reputation and hard work as a gunner on the punt cover team. Moreover, he was rarely used on offense as his stats show running a total of 11 pass routes.
The veteran receiver and East Carolina College Harris caught a touchdown pass being his only reception of the season and his only target in a Week 12 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Despite starring as a returner in his first season with the Giants in 2015, he struggled this past season in 2016. One year after returning both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown, the New York Giants took him off returns at times and the reason being his lack of ball security and sometimes questionable decision-making in the game.#American Footballer #New York Giants #Wide Receiver #Return Specialist