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David Harris | Linebacker

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
College: Michigan
Contract: view contract details

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ILB David Harris expects the Jets to blitz more in 2013.
"There should be a different brand of football than you were used to seeing the last couple of years," Harris said. The Jets sent five or more rushers just 34 percent of the time last season, down from 52.4 percent and 44.7 percent, respectively, in their stellar 2009 and 2010 campaigns. Coach Rex Ryan is reasserting his control over the defense after former DC Mike Pettine accepted the same job with Buffalo. Ultimately, the success of the Jets' revamped secondary will determine how much they can get after the quarterback. Mon, Jun 17, 2013 08:47:00 AM

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ESPN New York passes along "rumblings" that the Jets will use more 4-3 fronts in 2013.

Quinton Coples would play left defensive end with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sione Pouha at defensive tackle. They'd obviously need an edge rusher to bring heat off the weak side. The scheme change could help David Harris' IDP value, as he'd play middle linebacker. Demario Davis would be the weak-side starter.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 03:22:00 PM

ESPN New York says ILB David Harris is a "prime candidate" to restructure his contract.

Harris is entering the third year of a four-year, $36 million contract he signed in August of 2011. He's owed $10.9 million in 2013 base salary, an untenable number considering his on-field performance and the Jets' cap situation. ProFootballFocus graded out Harris 48th among 53 qualified inside linebackers in 2012.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 09:13:00 AM

Jets ILB David Harris (ankle) confirmed he will play against the Bills in Week 1.

Harris says he merely has a slight sprain. He ate up the Bills in 2011, racking up 13 tackles, one sack and one interception in their two meetings.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 01:01:00 PM

X-rays came back negative on Jets ILB David Harris' ankle injury.

"Nothing to worry about," he assured. Harris avoided a fracture and does not have a high ankle sprain. He'll likely be held out of the preseason finale, but wasn't going to play much anyhow. Harris had a down season as a tackler in 2011 (86), but recorded five sacks, four interceptions, and eight pass breakups.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 12:42:00 AM

Jets ILB David Harris exited Sunday night's preseason game with a first-quarter ankle injury.

He was ruled out for the game's remainder, and Jets starters are dropping like flies. They already lost Dustin Keller to a first-quarter hamstring pull.
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 08:52:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris dropped a few pounds this offseason.

Harris likely lost the weight in order to help him get quicker in pass coverage. He'll be a three-down linebacker for the Jets once again this season, but IDP owners should be reaching for more upside. Harris' fluky four interceptions last season masked his disappointing 86 tackles.
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 09:40:00 AM

Jets ILB David Harris was forced from Sunday's Week 17 game with a calf injury.

Harris was shown on the sideline with his calf wrapped and will not return. Rookie Nick Bellore replaces him at inside linebacker.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 03:10:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris and DT Kenrick Ellis both suffered sprained ankles in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Neither player is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, while Harris was able to play through the injury on Sunday. With the Jets on bye this week, both should be good to go for Week 9 against the Bills.
Mon, Oct 24, 2011 01:13:00 PM

Jets signed ILB David Harris to a four-year, $36 million contract, including $29.5 million guaranteed.

Harris is essentially the Ray Lewis of Rex Ryan's defense, cleaning up ball carriers while fellow inside 'backer Bart Scott splits double teams and blows up blocking schemes. Thus, Harris has 99 or more tackles in each of his first four seasons. Though they missed out on Nnamdi Asomugha, the Jets have done exceptionally well to lock up their young talent before the season. Harris, Santonio Holmes, and Antonio Cromartie are all 27 years old and now under control through at least their age-30 seasons.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 06:19:00 PM

The Jets will begin long-term contract negotiations with franchise player David Harris next week.

They have more pressing issues to deal with at the moment (like signing Nnamdi Asomugha.) Harris signed his $10.091 million franchise tender in February, so paring that number down with a long-term contract is a project that could create even more cap space. See? There are many methods to make room.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 10:17:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris expects to sign a long-term extension once the lockout is lifted.

"I want to be here a long time and they showed they hold me in high regard," he said. "This is an exciting time." Harris signed his one-year franchise tender in February, a tag that would pay him $10.091 million in 2011. Labeled the final member of New York's "Core Four" players, however, Harris is a priority for the Jets to lock up long term. Other members of the Core Four were CB Darrelle Revis, LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and C Nick Mangold.
Tue, May 24, 2011 10:23:00 AM

Jets signed franchise player David Harris to a one-year, $10.091 million contract.

Harris, 27, has averaged 8.23 tackles per career start, which spread across 16 games comes out to 132. He had 99 last year, and also has 14.5 sacks in four seasons. A tackle machine, playmaker, and beastly run defender, Harris will get strong consideration for an extension before the season. The Jets will address the rest of their free agents and the draft first.
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 09:25:00 PM

The agent for Jets ILB David Harris expressed no displeasure with his client's franchise tag Tuesday morning.

It's good news for the Jets, and should help the chances the sides reach common ground on a long-term deal. "The Jets did a smart thing by protecting David's rights," agent David Mackler said. "Our goal from the times I've spoken to ... the Jets is to lock up David long term." Harris' franchise tag is worth just over $10 million, but an extension is the more likely end result.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 09:36:00 AM

Jets designated ILB David Harris as their franchise player.

Fellow would-be free agents Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards were passed over. The Jets, in theory, could've assigned Harris a "restricted free agent" tender as a four-year veteran, but in all likelihood that tag would've meant nothing. The franchise tag is a safer means of keeping him. Harris has been one of the most underrated defenders in football over the past 3-4 seasons. A second-round pick out of Michigan in 2007, the three-down 'backer has been New York's leading tackler in each of the past two seasons.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 08:49:00 AM

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