Giants Retain Key Core and Pro Bowl Special Teams Player
The New York Giants gained a bit more relief on their salary cap space by reducing the 2017 cap figure for receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris, per NFLPA records and ESPN.
Full details of Dwayne Harris’ new deal. Cap # reduced $500K. But $1.1m now gtd and can earn $600K back w/incentive https://t.co/zuXjRG1B7w
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 21, 2017
Harris was initially due to earn a $2.9 million base salary in 2017. The Giants trimmed $500,000 off that total to bring his salary down to $2.47 million, but, per the ESPN report, guaranteed $1 million of his 2017 base salary plus he has the opportunity to earn $600,000 in incentives if he finishes the 2017 season having averaged 10.0 per punt return.
Harris’ new 2017 cap figure drops from almost $4 million to $3.3 million.
Harris, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Giants in 2015 after four years with the Cowboys, averaged 10.0 yards per punt return in his first season with New York. He also recorded touchdowns on both a punt return and a kickoff return.
Last year, he was plagued by injuries which might have had a direct effect on some of the decisions he made in the return game. Harris’ punt return average dipped to 5.9 yards per return, as did some of his opportunities, which were given to receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Despite the injuries and the drop-off in his performance, Harris earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2016, primarily for his work as a coverage guy on special teams.
No other part of Harris’ contract, which runs through 2019, appears to have been altered.