The New York Jets have signed inside linebacker David Harris to a 4 year, 36 million dollar contract, with 29.5 million in guaranteed money. It is the most ever guaranteed money on a 4 year contract to a linebacker in NFL history. The move will free up about 6 million dollars on the cap this year, as Harris moves off the franchise tag.
Harris was a second round draft pick of the team in 2007 and has led the Jets in tackles the past two seasons. He is the final piece of the “Core Four” locked down to a long term deal, as Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Darrelle Revis all received one last season.
The extra cap space with likely be an impetus for Mike Tannenbaum to make another move. It will be interesting to see who the Jets pursue in free agency or via trade. They could use improved depth at safety, outside linebacker, and wide receiver. I wouldn’t put it past him to look for one more big acquisition in the coming week.