The New York Jets kept a busy Friday rolling along by re-signing inside linebacker David Harris to a 3 year, 21 million dollar contract with 15 million dollars guaranteed in the first 2 years.
The initial reaction is this is a A LOT of money for Harris, particularly the guaranteed money in the first two years. However, here is something to consider with the rising salary cap.
Hmmmm… David Harris’ deal has an APY ($7.2M) for about 5.0% of first year cap. That’s not bad. Equivalent 2012 amount: $6M/yr
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) March 6, 2015
Harris has his limitations and they are not going away at this point of his career. However, the hope is that 34 year old Larry Foote excelled in Todd Bowles defense last year so why can’t Harris, who is younger and better than Foote, produce for Bowles the next two years?
There is also the reality that the Jets did not want to lose another home grown player to a AFC East rival. It is no secret that Rex Ryan would have been camped out in front of David Harris’ house when free agency opened ready to make him a starting inside linebacker and leader of the Bills defense. There was a huge sentiment within the Jets organization to not let that scenario play out. They were willing to overpay to prevent it and have the cap space to take on the salary, so they went for it. Do not underestimate the impact it had on the organization to lose Darrelle Revis and eventually see him end up in New England.
Harris is a two down, downhill linebacker who is a liability in pass coverage. Hopefully, Todd Bowles does a better job of not letting him get exposed there than Rex Ryan did.
Is Muhammad Wilkerson’s deal up next?