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David Harris signs franchise tender

Yet another franchise player has opted to sign his one-year tender offer, rather than head into an uncertain offseason without a contract.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jets linebacker David Harris signed his franchise tender, becoming the third franchise player to sign his tender in the last 24 hours. Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Panthers center Ryan Kalil also signed their franchise tenders.

Although the players’ union contends that teams can’t apply franchise tags for 2011 under the current labor deal, individual players have the ability to accept the one-year tender offer, since it very well may be a good deal for them personally — and possibly a far better deal than they’re likely to get after a work stoppage. Harris, Woodley and Kalil have all been in the NFL four years, and they face the uncertainty of a new CBA potentially requiring players to have five years of experience to become unrestricted free agents.  Signing a guaranteed contract for 2011 now eliminates any uncertainty.

For Harris, the franchise tag means a 2011 salary of a bit over $10 million.

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10 Responses to “David Harris signs franchise tender”
  1. skoobyfl says: Feb 23, 2011 9:52 PM

    $10M locked in is better $0.

  2. joekuze says: Feb 23, 2011 10:16 PM

    Great player – hope he gets a longterm deal next year or after the CBA is finalized.

  3. 305hurricane says: Feb 23, 2011 10:23 PM

    Guys a stud.

  4. moneymike23 says: Feb 23, 2011 10:26 PM

    If players can sign tenders like these guys or FA can sign with teams like Bailey, why can’t teams make trades until new CBA???

  5. jameswestphal says: Feb 23, 2011 10:29 PM

    Got to keep that Super Bowl winning defense together. Oh yeah, never mind, no Super Bowl wins since 1969.

  6. jarfitz says: Feb 23, 2011 10:31 PM

    yawn……why wouldn’t the players sign, if the teams offer a top 5 contract why wouldn’t players sign it….would a new cba actually make a better deal?

  7. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Feb 23, 2011 10:35 PM

    Just looking at that picture breaks my heart . . .

  8. hosmachine says: Feb 23, 2011 10:39 PM

    Unless your Peyton Manning you better sign that puppy because it’s gonna be a long haul.Then at least you know when football is played your money will be waiting for you. Even though its not a long term deal, for that 1 yr its long term type money and its guaranteed.

  9. idestroysteelers4fun says: Feb 24, 2011 12:01 AM

    Rex Ryan said at the press conference after he signed “We’re goin 2 the super bowl “

  10. jc1958cool says: Feb 24, 2011 7:40 AM

    now he can pay his insurance and feed his family!!

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