New York Jets and David Harris Agree to Three Year Deal

By Alan Schechter

Mike Maccagnan has been hard at work on a Friday before Free Agency.

The Jets and David Harris, according to reports, have come to terms on a three-year contract worth $21.5 million.  $15 million is set to be guaranteed over the first two seasons.  Harris was set to hit free agency, and Rex Ryan was likely to be setting his sights on Harris, to have him come up and help install his defense up in Buffalo.  Instead, it looks like David Harris is staying put.

Frankly, the contract feels on the high side for a 31-year-old linebacker who is primarily a run-stopper.  He has never posted more than 5.5 sacks in a season.  That being said, the Jets haven’t seen a more consistent tackler at the inside linebacker spot than David Harris in quite some time.  Personally, you have to go back to the likes of Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones to get a comparable player.  With all of the extra cap room, I can live with spending a bit to keep David Harris around.

The fan base will also be happy to keep Harris away from Rex.  We all know that coaches like to bring in guys that buy into their system, so Harris would have been an asset up there.  It’s nice to keep David Harris in town.