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David Harris signing with Patriots

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The Jets cut linebacker David Harris as part of their offseason purge of veterans from the roster, but it looks like they’ll still be seeing him twice during the 2017 season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports and PFT has confirmed that Harris will sign a two-year contract with the Patriots after visiting with the team.

Harris turned 33 in January and isn’t playing at the same level he was when he helped the Jets to a playoff win in New England after the 2010 season, but he’s remained an effective player over the intervening years. He’ll join a linebacking corps that had room for some added depth before training camp and a team that has spent this offseason loading up on veteran additions as they try to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

That’s unlikely to elicit many smiles among Jets fans who are girding themselves for what looks like a long season in New Jersey, but such is life in the shadow of the Patriots these days.

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46 Responses to “David Harris signing with Patriots”
  1. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 21, 2017 10:37 AM

    Dare I say…TREMENDOUS NEWS for the World Champions!

    πŸ™‚

  2. navyvandal says: Jun 21, 2017 10:38 AM

    We could honestly use another LB. I actually don’t see how Shea McLellan stays on the roster. Besides HT, Van Noy, and Roberts, it has been discussed about the need for another LB. Always thought Harris was a solid player with a great attitude.

  3. nhpats says: Jun 21, 2017 10:39 AM

    Imagine going from the Jets to the Pats? It’s gotta be like winning the lottery

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:40 AM

    Jets fans will be gnashing their teeth and chewing off their own extremities this season Patriots or no Patriots.

    The obvious work to put a fraudulent product on the field this season by Woody Johnson and cronies is going to be the cause, not the Pats.

  5. redclaw1314 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:41 AM

    Great move to add an experienced linebacker from the division. Belichick knows what he is getting. Reminds me of the Roman Phifer (33yo also) signing back in 2001 who was instrumental in their superbowl run.
    Thank you Jets.

  6. tedmurph says: Jun 21, 2017 10:41 AM

    Buh bye Shea.

  7. aarons444 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:42 AM

    Why not go out with a Ring?

  8. patsxsaintsfan says: Jun 21, 2017 10:43 AM

    He isn’t the player he once was but that doesn’t mean he can’t still be effective. The patriots team is adding depth at key positions but my only concern this season is where’s the pass rush coming from? Trey flowers and Ealy have shown a lot of potential but this season they need to take a big step forward in consistency to replace role players like Long and Sheard. I think the team will be fine but to make this defense an elite unit someone on the D-line needs to step up. We need pressure when Hightower is in coverage not just when he blitzes.

  9. robkeezy says: Jun 21, 2017 10:46 AM

    That’s exactly what the Jets deserve for cutting someone who was a leader in the locker room, a sure tackler who was the brains of the middle of that defense, and a loyal franchise player. I’m sick right now.

    Signed,
    Life Long Jets Fan

  10. irsaysneedle says: Jun 21, 2017 10:48 AM

    from rags to riches….

  11. tylawspick6 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:50 AM

    Boom goes that dynamite! Eat my short, Jets Losers.

    Nailed it.

    1st and 2nd down 3-4 MLB formations, likely with Hightower being worked at 3-4 OLB.

  12. baldy55 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:53 AM

    Best of luck to Hitman Harris. Gave the Jets everything he had. Will be cheering for him all but twice a year.

  13. urmomsmyho says: Jun 21, 2017 10:53 AM

    this is just a headline
    david harris switching teams doesn’t move the needle for either the jets or the pats

  14. motsuret06 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:54 AM

    The Jets have already tanked the season. They are looking at last place in the AFC East. Macagnan and Bowles need to be fired at the end of the season and then just let the Jets implode. Fifty years of mismanagement and futility and they still have no franchise QB. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Go figure that one out.

  15. daddeeo says: Jun 21, 2017 10:57 AM

    Depth to the LBs sounds good. Nice Move NE.

  16. tgoat12 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:00 AM

    Jets are a bottom 5 franchise!

  17. broncoschick says: Jun 21, 2017 11:04 AM

    And the rich get richer . . .

  18. losingisnotanoption says: Jun 21, 2017 11:05 AM

    Holy moley!!

    The Pats team is looking horror film scary.

  19. mannyiac says: Jun 21, 2017 11:09 AM

    Like the old saying goes,”If you can’t beat them….”

  20. ninerfan81 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:18 AM

    Not good for the rest of the league

  21. alan226 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:30 AM

    The Jets Tankapalooza in full force.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:32 AM

    “Macagnan and Bowles need to be fired at the end of the season and then just let the Jets implode.”

    Bowles is actually a decent coach whose been handed bad rosters from the start, with the management above him continuing to sabotage his efforts with their further roster moves.

  23. mullman76 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:35 AM

    It doesn’t matter.

    Patsies lose to the RAIDERS in Mexico.

    Patsies lose to the RAIDERS in Oakland, AFC title game.

    Chowds wonder what went wrong and stomp, pout and throw a tantrum like the petulant children they are.

    Carry on.

    RAIDER NATION

  24. rabidbillsfan says: Jun 21, 2017 11:44 AM

    I seriously cannot wait for this to blow up in their faces. Seriously.

  25. cma1973 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:47 AM

    Welcome, what’s your ring size? And that Raider fans comment makes me hope his employer ramps up their drug testing policy.

  26. grumpysal says: Jun 21, 2017 11:48 AM

    Raider fans make me smile, thinking they’re the best team in the league despite actually doing nothing for years.

    As a Pats fan, I’d love to see Pats/Raiders in the AFC title game, because I know the Pats would drop 40 on that D.

  27. bchap17 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:53 AM

    Pats fans acting like they’re getting the 2010 version of David Harris…

    Carry on.

  28. nyneal says: Jun 21, 2017 12:01 PM

    The Pats always make good moves and this is another one.

  29. TheAfterParty says: Jun 21, 2017 12:01 PM

    As a Jets fan, couldn’t be happier for Harris. After playing for so many losing Jets teams, he deserves to play with a great one. Unlike the Jets front office, the fans haven’t forgotten about you or your contributions David. Best of luck!

  30. intrafinesse says: Jun 21, 2017 12:07 PM

    Harris is smart but very slow. He’s not going to cover anybody. He can strill stop a run, but isn’t as good at shedding blocks.
    It all comes down to how much he’s getting paid.

    Considering he spent his career with the Jets, why not have a shot at a ring with the Pats?
    Good luck to Harris.

  31. whispersd says: Jun 21, 2017 12:17 PM

    Classic Belichick move, like bringing in Roman Phifer or Junior Seau. Harris isn’t in his prime, but he’s still a very smart and aggressive player.

  32. dynaco says: Jun 21, 2017 1:07 PM

    That signing should water down their roster a little.

  33. psljax says: Jun 21, 2017 1:19 PM

    The NFL is turning into the NBA. Teams purposefully tanking a year for the hope of a franchise QB for the years to come. Problem is without coaching, franchise QBs are not successful. There is a reason Patriots green bay are successful with franchise and while other teams with franchise type qbs-bolts and colts hostorically suck.
    Suck for luck worked to get to the playoffs in a real weak division. How is it working for them now

  34. nwhmpshr says: Jun 21, 2017 1:25 PM

    Sometimes the veteran smarts are more important than the physicality. A guy like that comes up with a huge stop in the big game.

  35. dstreibigsdose says: Jun 21, 2017 1:36 PM

    Typical smart Pats move.

  36. hollyjordanblog says: Jun 21, 2017 1:52 PM

    they still have no franchise QB. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Go figure that one out.

  37. carloswlassiter says: Jun 21, 2017 2:11 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Jun 21, 2017 11:44 AM

    I seriously cannot wait for this to blow up in their faces. Seriously.
    ————————————————————
    Can’t wait for what to blow up in their faces?

    Really good roster building and coaching?

  38. bullcharger says: Jun 21, 2017 2:59 PM

    dynaco says:
    Jun 21, 2017 1:07 PM
    That signing should water down their roster a little.

    ————–

    Yes… the Jets roster will be watered down and their fans will be liquored up.

  39. strummer174 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:14 PM

    I love the Jets as much as I hate the Pats. David Harris was our most consistent and devoted player for a long time. Considering that the Jets are a lock for last place in the East anyway (and look to be serious contenders for the league’s worst record), I’m happy Harris will be somewhere that he can be productive and enjoying his team’s success. It will finally give me a silver lining if the Pats win again.

  40. xxpatsxx says: Jun 21, 2017 4:17 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Jun 21, 2017 11:44 AM

    I seriously cannot wait for this to blow up in their faces. Seriously.
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”

    You mean like signing Rex Ryan to a 5 year /$5.5M deal ??

    Oh…wait, no…..

  41. tylawspick6 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:42 PM

    bchap17 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 11:53 AM
    Pats fans acting like they’re getting the 2010 version of David Harris…

    Carry on.

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    Umm, no, we’re not. No one has said anything of the sort. I will say BB’s money guaranateed proves Harris will make the team for at least 1 year.

    The concept is very similar to that of Shaun Ellis in 2011. Used less than usual, but in small ways to help and add a veteran with experience.

    Have a nice day, Mr. Jealous.

  42. tylawspick6 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:43 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Jun 21, 2017 11:44 AM
    I seriously cannot wait for this to blow up in their faces. Seriously.

    7 65
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    Yes, a loaded team adding a humble, older player who has played in an embarrassing environment for his whole career, somehow will sabotage a loaded 2017 Pats team.

    lol

  43. piratefreedom says: Jun 21, 2017 4:57 PM

    grumpysal says:
    Jun 21, 2017 11:48 AM

    Raider fans make me smile, thinking they’re the best team in the league despite actually doing nothing for years.

    As a Pats fan, I’d love to see Pats/Raiders in the AFC title game, because I know the Pats would drop 40 on that D.

    ————-

    That’s a little too optimistic , I think the Pats only score 9 or 10 touchdowns, 12 at the most.

  44. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Jun 21, 2017 10:03 PM

    Chowds wonder what went wrong and stomp, pout and throw a tantrum like the petulant children they are.

    Carry on.

    RAIDER NATION

    ————————————

    We are not Oakland….16 years and counting the Tuck rule tears have still not stopped.

  45. aj66shanghai says: Jun 22, 2017 3:16 AM

    nhpats says:
    Jun 21, 2017 10:39 AM
    Imagine going from the Jets to the Pats? It’s gotta be like winning the lottery

    *********************************

    Imagine moving from New York to Boston. Poor guy.

  46. xxpatsxx says: Jun 22, 2017 9:11 AM

    aj66shanghai says:
    Jun 22, 2017 3:16 AM
    nhpats says:
    Jun 21, 2017 10:39 AM
    Imagine going from the Jets to the Pats? It’s gotta be like winning the lottery

    *********************************

    Imagine moving from New York to Boston. Poor guy.

    ****************

    More like moving from rented space in New Jersey. HUGE win.

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