Longtime 33-year-old and former New York Jets linebacker David Harris has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on a two-year deal. This comes after playing with the Jets for 10 seasons. In those seasons, Harris accumulated 1088 tackles, 710 total tackles, 378 assisted tackles, 35.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 4 fumbles recovered, 6 interceptions and 29 passes defensed in his Jets career.
David Harris is a good signing for the Patriots because he is an even better coverage linebacker, which the Patriots desperately needed. The group coming into this season will be very similar to how it was the previous year and that includes Dont’a Hightower, Shea McClellin, Kyle Van Noy, Rob Ninkovich, Elandon Roberts, and Jonathan Freeny. Adding Harris to this group will definitely help and especially pass coverage, as he has been one of the best coverage linebackers in the league since 2012, according to Pro Football Focus.
Bill Belichick has a lot of respect for David Harris as a player and he will greatly fill in for this Patriots team. Belichick loves players with versatility so expect him to move Harris around the field, despite him being more of a true middle linebacker. Harris will bring veteran leadership to a championship team and will be motivated to have more chances at a championship late in his career.
This is a body blow to New York Jets fans all over, but it was the right move in his career going forward. Harris was definitely one of New York’s favorites athletes over his tenure with them since the 2007 season, and he has also had an extremely durable career, which is even more impressive considering he plays the linebacker position, only missing a total of six games in his 10 years. Expect Harris to keep plugging forward as he has not showed any sign of decline.
How the teams in the NFL keep letting the Patriots sign these players is head scratching. Bill Belichick will continue to play chess as the rest play checkers.