Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets are hamstrung by contracts that are in the books going into 2013. We know about Mark Sanchez being near the top o this list, but another guy that fits the same bill is David Harris. His cap number in 2013 is $13,000, which is actually more than Mark Sanchez, who is just under $13,000,000 (per nyjetscap.com).
That is a lot of money to commit to an inside linebacker that isn’t named Ray Lewis. The question is whether or not Harris is worth it. To make this decision, we are going to use some NFL stats, as well as ratings from our friends at Pro Football Focus.
David’s raw statistical resume is quite good. He has averaged over 106 tackles per season for his six year career, and nearly bested his two time career high of 127 tackles, with 123 in 2012. For consistency, David has been on the mark for the duration of his career.
But what about looking behind the stats, and at his grades?
His overall grade was very poor, -15.2. When you go week by week, Harris had 4 games where he graded out at lower than -2.5 overall. He also finished with a grade against the run of -10.2, which is not what the Jets defense is looking for….EVER!
His passing grade was also a -3.2. The Jets linebackers had a notorious hard time against the pass, and David Harris was no different.
If you look at his run grade, it was no where near acceptable with a -10.2. His grade rushing the passer was a -2.4. These numbers are just not going to make the grade.
Take into account his grade from 2011, and you see a major drop off. From a -2.3, down to his -15.2 last year. That gives us some pretty solid evidence that although he is still a consistent tackler, he has lost a bit on the fastball.
The bottom line is that it might be time for the Jets to see if they can re-negotiate the Harris deal, because it just isn’t paying the same dividends anymore.