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The New York Jets‘ roster shuffling has caught even their players by surprise.

After parting ways with such veterans as Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Mangold this offseason, the Jets cut defensive captain David Harris and receiver Eric Decker over the past week.

The decision to move on from Harris, a veteran of 10 seasons with the team, is taking at least one Jet some time to digest.

“It shocked the shit out of me,” defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

“It is a business. But after a while it don’t become a business.”

The Jets tried to restructure Harris’ contract. After failing to do so, they chose instead to cut the second-leading tackler in franchise history, which saves them $6.5 million against the cap.

“Dave wasn’t (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken (a pay cut),” Richardson said. “I know he wasn’t busting nobody over there. He don’t want to play for free either. …

“It’s like, ‘Come on, man.’ He started here 10 years strong. He’s been here every day. He’s a true pro. It’s the front office, bruh. It was shocking. And he’s the leader of the defense. He’s my quarterback of the defense.”

Richardson’s had a contentious relationship with the Jets organization during his four seasons in the league. It will be intriguing to see how his comments sit with the front office.

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