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David Harris | Linebacker

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 250
College: Michigan
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Jets re-signed ILB David Harris to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.
The deal locks up Harris through his age-33 season. Rex Ryan's Bills were poised for an aggressive run at Harris had he hit the open market, but the Jets were even more aggressive about keeping him, guaranteeing Harris nearly 70 percent of this contract. Harris is a three-down linebacker who struggles in coverage but is a highly productive tackler. He'll likely be new coach Todd Bowles' defensive signal caller at "Mike" 'backer. Mar 6 - 1:21 PM

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The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta expects the Bills "to put on a full-court press" in trying to lure free agent ILB David Harris.

The Bills and Jets will likely be the biggest bidders for Harris' services, though the Falcons, Bears, and Dolphins have also been linked to the 31-year-old. Harris has been coach Rex Ryan's "quarterback" of the defense the past six years and would probably be interested in following him to Buffalo. Harris will likely be angling for $6-8 million per year on a multi-year contract.
Mar 4 - 1:53 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins are "expected to pursue" free agent ILB David Harris.

Harris would play middle linebacker for the Dolphins. Though he just turned 31, Harris is expected to have a robust market, with the Dolphins joining the Bills, Falcons, Bears, and Jets as teams interested in him. New Dolphins president Mike Tannenbaum drafted Harris in New York in 2007. If he were to sign with Miami, MLB Koa Misi would kick back outside to strong-side linebacker. Free agent MLB Mason Foster is viewed as a fallback plan for the Dolphins.
Feb 24 - 10:36 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure reports Atlanta will "definitely" have interest in free agent ILB David Harris if he hits the market.

McClure says the Bears will, too, and the Bills figure to as well with old Jets coach Rex Ryan now running the show. A 3-4 inside linebacker in New York, Harris would make a seamless transition into Vic Fangio's new 3-4 defense in Chicago. He would play the Bobby Wagner role under Dan Quinn in Atlanta.
Feb 21 - 12:00 AM

The Jets will meet with free agent ILB David Harris' agent at the NFL Scouting Combine this week.

Harris, 31, is the Jets' field general and hasn't missed a game since 2008. He's registered at least 123 tackles in three consecutive seasons and has 30 career sacks. Harris is easily the Jets' top in-house free agent, but it's fair to wonder if he may want to follow coach Rex Ryan to Buffalo. He won't break the bank.
Feb 18 - 10:35 AM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes new Bills coach Rex Ryan "will want" free agent ILB David Harris to join him in Buffalo.

Harris was third on the 2014 Jets in sacks (six) and led the team in tackles (124). The 30-year-old would likely replace ILB Brandon Spikes, who is a free agent.
Jan 12 - 4:03 PM

Jets ILB David Harris' sprained AC joint in his shoulder is expected to cost him "minimal time."

He sounds day to day. Although Harris is annually a pass-coverage liability, he is a critical piece of New York's shutdown run defense. Through five games this year, Harris has 39 tackles (22 solo), a sack, and a forced fumble.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint.

Harris' status is unclear for Week 6 as he awaits MRI results. It would be a big loss for the Jets' run defense were Harris to miss time.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 02:18:00 PM

Jets ILB David Harris hurt his shoulder in Sunday's Week 5 loss at San Diego.

Harris is headed for an MRI Monday. The veteran tackle machine has 39 of them through five games.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 10:18:00 PM

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

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

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