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Jets cut Cliff Harris, Claude Davis after arrest

Mychal Kendricks, Cliff Harris

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) battles cornerback Cliff Harris (38) during the teams NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


When the Jets cut defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris on Tuesday, it didn’t even seem worth mentioning: Both were marginal players cut at a time in the offseason when multiple marginal players get cut every day in the NFL.

But now we know why they were cut: As first reported by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, both Davis and Harris were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on Monday in Morristown, New Jersey.

According to a release from the Morristown Police Department, an officer observed that a parked 2013 Chevy Tahoe SUV appeared to be filled with smoke. The officer approached, the driver rolled down his window, and the officer smelled marijuana. Two of the three occupants were Davis and Harris, and they were both arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

The third occupant, Daniel Godfrey, was found to be in possession of a handgun loaded with a single hollow-point round as well as items that suggested he intended to distribute marijuana. Godfrey was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Both Harris (pictured during his time in the Eagles’ training camp last year) and Davis signed with the Jets this offseason. Neither has ever played in an NFL regular-season game.