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David Harris | Linebacker | #45

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (47) / NYJ

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Former Jets and Patriots LB David Harris announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.
Harris spent his first 10 seasons with the Jets before finishing his career with the Patriots in 2017. A second-round pick out of Michigan in 2007, Harris was one of the league's better linebackers during his heyday, earning an All-Pro selection in 2009. Harris played sparingly in his final year, logging just 181 snaps over 10 games for New England. He recorded 1,110 tackles, 37 sacks, six interceptions and four fumble recoveries over 164 NFL appearances. He's likely ticketed for the Jets' Ring of Honor. Feb 23 - 3:32 PM

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ESPN's Mike Reiss thinks it could be a "challenge" for LB David Harris to stick on the Patriots' roster.

Harris is owed just $2.25 million in salary and bonuses, but he only played 181 snaps last season, was inactive throughout the playoffs, and offers nothing on special teams. He will likely be looking for a new team.
Source: ESPN
Feb 12 - 9:31 AM

ESPN Boston expects LB David Harris to be inactive this week.

Harris has played just seven snaps through three games. He’s fully healthy, but isn’t needed with Dont'a Hightower (questionable, knee) expected to return this week.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 08:20:00 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss considers LB David Harris a lock to make the 53-man roster.

New England didn't necessarily need Harris but will take him. He figures to play on running downs ahead of Shea McClellin, who will likely be saved for sub-packages. Harris got $1.25 million guaranteed from the Patriots.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 09:13:00 AM

Patriots signed ILB David Harris, formerly of the Jets, to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Naturally. The Jets released their 10-year veteran and longest-tenured player earlier this month only to see him join big brother. Now 33, Harris isn't the player he once was, but he remains a serviceable two-down thumper on the inside and could fill the old Brandon Spikes role for the Patriots. But New England does have a crowded linebackers group led by Dont'a Hightower. Harris may compete for playing time with Shea McClellin, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 10:34:00 AM

Jets released ILB David Harris.

The move wipes Harris' entire $6.5 million salary off the books. It comes five days after the Jets reacquired ILB Demario Davis from the Browns. Now 33, Harris has lost a step, but hasn't yet gone off the cliff. A 10-year veteran, Harris had been a starter for the Jets since his rookie year in 2007, making him the longest-tenured member of Gang Green. The Jets are gutting the AFC's worst roster.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 01:55:00 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to retain ILB David Harris for 2017.

Going on 33, the 10-year veteran has clearly lost a step, but he remains a solid option for a team which does not have talent to burn. Harris' $6.5 million cap hit, which the Jets can shed completely by cutting him, could be a stumbling block, but perhaps the two sides can work out an extension. Harris is scheduled to be a free agent after next season.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

Per ESPN's Rich Cimini, Harris will play this week "barring a setback." Harris sat out Monday night's game in Arizona, ending a streak of 121 consecutive starts. Darron Lee drew the start in his place.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 07:58:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 6.

He's not going to play on Monday night. It breaks a streak of 121 straight starts for Harris. Darron Lee will replace Harris next to Erin Henderson.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris was forced from New York's Week 5 game against the Steelers with a hamstring injury.

Harris went down before the half. He's "doubtful," which means he won't return. For now he should be considered week to week.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 02:33:00 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reports ILB David Harris (shoulder, questionable) will play Week 3 against the Chiefs.

It is good news with Erin Henderson (foot, questionable) unlikely to play after sitting out all week. First-round ILB Darron Lee should get the start next to Harris.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Jets ILB David Harris (shoulder) is active for Week 1 against the Bengals.

As expected. Harris should play his regular snaps after practicing on a limited basis all week. The Jets' inactives are LB Jordan Jenkins, QB Bryce Petty, RB Troymaine Pope, QB Christian Hackenberg, OT Brandon Shell, CB Darryl Roberts, and TE Braedon Bowman.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 11:45:00 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports Jets ILB David Harris (shoulder, questionable) will play Week 1 against the Bengals.

Harris hurt his shoulder in the Jets' third preseason game but was able to practice on a limited basis this week. He'll get the nod at inside linebacker opposite Erin Henderson. Harris hasn't missed a game since 2008.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 09:30:00 AM

ESPN New York expects ILB David Harris (shoulder) to play on Sunday.

Harris was limited in practice all week. He's a game-time decision, but his shoulder injury isn't expected to keep him out. Harris should play his normal snaps.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Week 1 against the Bengals.

Last month the 32-year-old went down with what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury, though tests showed it was only a bruise. Harris has been practicing on a limited basis this week and should be ready by Sunday.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 01:35:00 PM

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