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David Harris “pretty much accepted on the spot” when Patriots called

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Linebacker David Harris saw plenty of the Patriots over 10 years with the Jets and that made it easy for him when it came time to sign with a new team after the Jets released him last month.

The first and only visit Harris took during his brief time as a free agent was with the Patriots and he signed a two-year contract with the team before he left the building.

“They reached out to me and I pretty much accepted on the spot that I wanted to play there,” Harris said from his football camp in Grand Rapids, Michigan, via WOOD-TV. “Great organization. They’re the gold standard of the NFL. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

Harris said it was “kind of disappointing” to be released by the Jets as he thought he’d spend his whole career with the team. Signing with the Patriots is a pretty good glass of lemonade to make from that and Harris gives the Patriots their latest veteran addition who has found success in the NFL without getting the Super Bowl rings that appear in New England quite often.

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53 Responses to “David Harris “pretty much accepted on the spot” when Patriots called”
  1. wib22 says: Jul 16, 2017 5:11 PM

    Cheating is encouraged – belichick.

  2. lgw91s says: Jul 16, 2017 5:11 PM

    Dependable 2 down thumper. A ring would accentuate a solid career.

  3. dangguy says: Jul 16, 2017 5:14 PM

    Welcome to team Belichick Mr. Harris. Enjoy your stay.

  4. pardonmyjake says: Jul 16, 2017 5:19 PM

    hes as cool as another side of a pillow! Wellcome to Foxboro, David

  5. ladymacesq says: Jul 16, 2017 5:22 PM

    Phone rings:

    Player: Hello

    Coach: Hello, this is Coach Belichick…..

    Player: Yes. Go no further, I’ll sign whatever you put in front of me.

    **Especially if you’re a former Jets player**

  6. bigoldred says: Jul 16, 2017 5:25 PM

    Hmmmm, choice to make.
    Clown suit or Super Bowl ring?

  7. commentawaitingdeletion says: Jul 16, 2017 5:31 PM

    wib22 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 5:11 PM
    Cheating is encouraged – belichick.
    _____________

    It’s probably wrong to admit it but your misery and obsession are just the cherry on top of our sundae.

  8. RE LEE says: Jul 16, 2017 5:41 PM

    Hopefully he gets a SB ring. Marty, Long , Hogan, got theirs. The Patriots is the Disneyland of the NFL. They make your dreams come true…. if you work really hard.

  9. patriotmaleorgy says: Jul 16, 2017 5:42 PM

    Harris knows his stats will only get better knowing the other teams plays before the play.

  10. intrafinesse says: Jul 16, 2017 5:52 PM

    As a Jets fan I dislike the Jets GM and hope Harris has a very good season, even though the Pats are public enemy #1.
    🙂

  11. exinsidetrader says: Jul 16, 2017 5:59 PM

    wib22 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 5:11 PM

    Cheating is encouraged – belichick.
    _______________
    Please cry more.

    I like to mix the tears of anti-Pats haters with the tears of anti-MAGA losers to create a refreshing morning drink that brightens up my day. I call it #Winning.

  12. jagsfanugh says: Jul 16, 2017 6:04 PM

    Just goes to show that winning is more important than money. Stand up guy IMO.

  13. TheWizard says: Jul 16, 2017 6:35 PM

    Harris knows his stats will only get better knowing the other teams plays before the play

    Suppose you’re right.

    At what point does that become the other teams fault?

  14. footballboozer says: Jul 16, 2017 6:37 PM

    ” They’re the gold standard of the NFL. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

    Say no more.

  15. weepingjebus says: Jul 16, 2017 6:39 PM

    When someone asks you to go to Football Graceland, you go.

  16. burtmustin says: Jul 16, 2017 7:25 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jul 16, 2017 6:39 PM
    When someone asks you to go to Football Graceland, you go.

    _______________________________
    One might argue that getting cut from the J-E-T-S is going to Football Graceland.

  17. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jul 16, 2017 7:28 PM

    Smart man. Welcome to title town.

  18. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jul 16, 2017 7:31 PM

    Let’s just admit that the Patriots offered good money for an aging vet, probably more than they had too, which shows just how much they wanted him. I doubt he would have gotten $11 mil over two years from anyone else, so of course, it was a no-brainer for him to sign right away.

    P.S. Quick trivia, Belichek is not of Russian descent, he is of Croatian descent. When his grandfather came to America in 1898, he was informed that he’d do better with a Russian name so he changed it from Bilicic.

  19. nhpats says: Jul 16, 2017 7:34 PM

    Unless you are a fan of the Patriots or about 3-4 other legitimate teams, it must suck to be a fan of your team…

  20. elrock7 says: Jul 16, 2017 7:38 PM

    We’ve seen what happens to teams who rely too much on free agency like the pats have this year.

    It doesn’t usually work out well. You add too many veterans through free agency and trades, it can ruin the chemistry.

  21. yette1 says: Jul 16, 2017 8:05 PM

    Elrock7 – This is New England, not Philadelphia, nobody is running around yelling dream team, instead these guys are simply out working and out thinking their opponents. No days off.

  22. commentawaitingdeletion says: Jul 16, 2017 8:06 PM

    elrock7 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 7:38 PM
    We’ve seen what happens to teams who rely too much on free agency like the pats have this year.

    It doesn’t usually work out well. You add too many veterans through free agency and trades, it can ruin the chemistry.
    _____________

    WTH are you talking about? Key FA acquisitions and trades were how Belichick built the Pats first 3 Super Bowl winners and what put them over the top in ’14. They have been integral to how Belichick looks at roster building from the beginning. He has been practicing the NFL version of moneyball since he arrived in New England.

  23. randalpnaditch says: Jul 16, 2017 8:14 PM

    Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse

  24. grogansheroes says: Jul 16, 2017 8:19 PM

    The Jets tried to sign a Pats linebacker, he said no thanks. The pats try to sign a Jets linebacker. “Where do I sign?”

  25. davebarnes21 says: Jul 16, 2017 8:21 PM

    Who wouldn’t accept on the spot?

  26. upyoursnfu says: Jul 16, 2017 8:26 PM

    All he had to do was bring his playbook

  27. commentawaitingdeletion says: Jul 16, 2017 8:59 PM

    upyoursnfu says:
    Jul 16, 2017 8:26 PM
    All he had to do was bring his playbook
    __________

    The Jets have a playbook? A coloring book maybe.

  28. burtmustin says: Jul 16, 2017 9:02 PM

    The Jets playbook is Football for Dummies.

  29. townie45 says: Jul 16, 2017 9:19 PM

    Welcome to the club Mr. Harris.

  30. tylawspick6 says: Jul 16, 2017 10:07 PM

    i would
    imagine many vets had the same reaction
    at that age

    welcome to the good side, mr harris

    you would have made a great patriot, but a mickey
    mouse loser of an owner was too busy the last
    10 years trying to work with the guy he personally
    hired to cheat the pats

    night and day for mr harris

  31. boxscore20k says: Jul 16, 2017 10:11 PM

    It’s similar to someone going from grade school to Harvard.

  32. factpurveyor says: Jul 16, 2017 10:21 PM

    Clearly he doesn’t want to play for one of the 31 teams that cheated the Patriots out of 2 draft picks and forced Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 NFL season. The karma from those 31 cheating teams was obvious when the Patriots won the 1st overtime coin toss in the history of the NFL as part of the biggest come back ever.

    That cheating would be exposed if Roger Goodell released the PSI information from the 2015 NFL season.

    If you don’t want to wait for Roger Goodell to show some integrity and transparency…..you can see for yourself what the PSI information will show. Science is predictable and repeatable. So just search on the popular online video site for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  33. factpurveyor says: Jul 16, 2017 10:30 PM

    upyoursnfu says:
    Jul 16, 2017 8:26 PM

    All he had to do was bring his playbook
    ————————————————————

    Yikes….NFL playbooks are only secret in the small minds of those who watched too many made for kids TV movies where the plot involved the rival high school stealing a playbook.

    Every play that every NFL team has ever run can be watched on video by every team in the NFL. Do you really believe that all 32 teams don’t already have a book for every other team. Not to mention the countless players and coaches that have moved from team to team. NFL Free Agency is that new concept that began in 1947.

  34. biggs13 says: Jul 16, 2017 10:40 PM

    The Dolphins are going to end the Patriots run this season and Brady will be on another team in two years. Mark it down.

  35. biggs13 says: Jul 16, 2017 11:01 PM

    The Dolphins are going to end the Patriots run this season and Brady will be on another team in two years. Mark it down.
    ———————————————————

    Dolphins….isn’t that the team that has a logo that looks like a sign for an aquarium?

    Dolphins….isn’t that the team that hasn’t won anything since JANUARY 13, 1974

    A LITTLE HISTORY TO PUT THE CONSTANT JEALOUSY OF THE DOLPHIN TROLL INTO PERSPECTIVE:

    October 30, 1974— Muhammad Ali vs. George Forman – a bout nicknamed “The Rumble in the Jungle”.

    April 4, 1974 – Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth for the all-time home run record with his 714th.

    March 10, 1974 – Japanese holdout: A Japanese World War II soldier, Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda, surrenders in the Philippines.

    August 8, 1974 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his resignation.

    Elvis was still alive and died years later on August 16, 1977.

    And…

    1972 Dolphins Perfect Season and still own head to head vs the Patriots despite their cheating ways.

  36. factpurveyor says: Jul 16, 2017 11:09 PM

    biggs13 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 11:01 PM

    1972 Dolphins Perfect Season and still own head to head vs the Patriots despite their cheating ways.
    ——————————————————–

    1972 Dolphins were a product of the Dolphins cheating and stealing a coach from the Colts.
    That dirty coach was the one who flooded the field to slow down the other teams offense. Karma kept that team from ever “winning” again.

  37. bullcharger says: Jul 16, 2017 11:25 PM

    biggs13 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 10:40 PM
    The Dolphins are going to end the Patriots run this season and Brady will be on another team in two years. Mark it down.

    ————–

    You can’t end the Patriots run. The Giants didn’t end it in 2007. Miami didn’t end it in 2008 and the Jets didn’t end it in 2010. They just keep coming anyway.

  38. burtmustin says: Jul 16, 2017 11:31 PM

    1972 Dolphins Perfect Season and still own head to head vs the Patriots despite their cheating ways.
    _________________________________
    Don Shula after his two titles in 1972-73, never won a damn thing again. He cheated his way to the Superbowl in 1983 with the Mudbowl championship game against the Jets. The Dolphins deservedly got their behinds kicked in by the Redskins.

    Remember , this was in an era of no free agency and no salary cap. The Steelers, 49ers, Redskins, and Raiders and later the Cowboys managed to win at least three titles. Not Don Shula though-even with one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time. Poor Dan Marino being stuck with this gasbag of a coach for most of his career.

  39. bullcharger says: Jul 16, 2017 11:32 PM

    Harris was long the smartest guy on the Jets defense and in the years they were really good in 2009 and 2010, Harris was a beast. I wished the Patriots had him then. Hopefully he can still contribute.

  40. factpurveyor says: Jul 16, 2017 11:39 PM

    biggs13 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 10:40 PM

    The Dolphins are going to end the Patriots run this season and Brady will be on another team in two years. Mark it down.

    —————————————————-
    Sorry but the Dolphins missed their chance in 2000 when they drafted Earnest Grant in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. Number 167th overall pick. Grant played in only 13 games for the Dolphins.

    The Patriots selected Tom Brady in the 6th round, 199 overall pick.

  41. biggs13 says: Jul 16, 2017 11:42 PM

    Perfect season is a mic drop.

  42. tylawspick6 says: Jul 16, 2017 11:59 PM

    burtmustin says:
    Jul 16, 2017 11:31 PM
    1972 Dolphins Perfect Season and still own head to head vs the Patriots despite their cheating ways.
    _________________________________
    Don Shula after his two titles in 1972-73, never won a damn thing again. He cheated his way to the Superbowl in 1983 with the Mudbowl championship game against the Jets. The Dolphins deservedly got their behinds kicked in by the Redskins.

    Remember , this was in an era of no free agency and no salary cap. The Steelers, 49ers, Redskins, and Raiders and later the Cowboys managed to win at least three titles. Not Don Shula though-even with one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time. Poor Dan Marino being stuck with this gasbag of a coach for most of his career.

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    agreed

    shula is probably the most overrated of the iconic
    coaches. guy choked over and over the last 15 years
    of his career with marino

    joe robbie essentially refused to fire him
    and so shula kept padding his win total

    also, the last sb appearance by miami was in
    that strike shortened year

    lol

  43. whywerule says: Jul 17, 2017 5:27 AM

    jimbobcooterqbtutor says:
    Jul 16, 2017 7:31 PM
    Let’s just admit that the Patriots offered good money for an aging vet, probably more than they had too, which shows just how much they wanted him. I doubt he would have gotten $11 mil over two years from anyone else, so of course, it was a no-brainer for him to sign right away…
    ————————————————————

    FWIW, Harris is not getting $11 million from the Pats over two seasons. The maximum value of the deal over two seasons is a little more than $6 million total, if Harris were to make all the incentives.

    Harris received a signing bonus for $1.25 million, his salary for the 2017 season is $1 million and then he has various active roster bonuses.

    My guess is he could have gotten more from another team if he and his agent wanted to chase every last dollar.

    Harris has been a very good player and one would expect him to make a deep Patriots roster, but the only thing that is guaranteed is the signing bonus.

  44. toddsuperbowles says: Jul 17, 2017 9:01 AM

    WTH are you talking about? Key FA acquisitions and trades were how Belichick built the Pats first 3 Super Bowl winners and what put them over the top in ’14. They have been integral to how Belichick looks at roster building from the beginning. He has been practicing the NFL version of moneyball since he arrived in New England.

    I thought you Patriots fans were all about facts?

    FACT: Bill Parcells built the Patriots teams that won the first 3 Super Bowls

  45. firedog784 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:23 AM

    FACT: How many Super Bowls has Parcells won without Belichick as his defensive coordinator?

  46. toddsuperbowles says: Jul 17, 2017 9:38 AM

    firedog784 says:
    Jul 17, 2017 9:23 AM
    FACT: How many Super Bowls has Parcells won without Belichick as his defensive coordinator?

    That’s true. But it has nothing to do with my statement. Most
    Patriots fans really are insecure knuckleheads.

  47. ibillwt says: Jul 17, 2017 10:36 AM

    Bill Parcells built the Patriots teams that won the first 3 Super Bowls
    —————————————-
    That’s hilarious.
    All Farcells ever built without Belichick was mediocrity at best at Jets, Dallas, and Miami. He has a LOSING CAREER RECORD without Belichick, never won a single playoff, and lost every head to head meeting.

    In contrast Belichick won more rings than any head coach in history AFTER he ripped that fat leach off his back with the stroke of a pen: “I resign as HC of NYJ”.

  48. bostonpatriots1stfan says: Jul 17, 2017 10:59 AM

    elrock7 says:
    Jul 16, 2017 7:38 PM

    We’ve seen what happens to teams who rely too much on free agency like the pats have this year.

    It doesn’t usually work out well. You add too many veterans through free agency and trades, it can ruin the chemistry.
    __________________________________________

    You’re really hanging by a thread with that !

  49. straighcashhomey says: Jul 17, 2017 12:05 PM

    toddsuperbowles – how your jets looking kid? do us a favor and stick to facts like 1968? amirite?

  50. fjw2 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:09 PM

    jimbobcooterqbtutor says:
    Jul 16, 2017 7:31 PM
    P.S. Quick trivia, Belichek is not of Russian descent, he is of Croatian descent. When his grandfather came to America in 1898, he was informed that he’d do better with a Russian name so he changed it from Bilicic.

    Fascinating. Except his name is spelled Belichick, not Belichek. What dope ever thought he was Russian? Same ones that think Robert Kraft makes cheese?

  51. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:14 PM

    “Bill Parcells built the Patriots teams that won the first 3 Super Bowls”

    (Double facepalm)

    Absolutely not. We had 3 years of Pete Carroll in between Parcells and Belichick and he dismantled a lot of Parcell’s players and replaced them with bad draft picks and poor FA signings.

    By the time Belichick took over there were only a handful of Parcell’s players left. By 2003 almost none at all left.

    Those are actual facts by the way unlike your statement

  52. commentawaitingdeletion says: Jul 18, 2017 10:58 PM

    toddsuperbowles says:
    Jul 17, 2017 9:01 AM

    FACT: Bill Parcells built the Patriots teams that won the first 3 Super Bowls
    _________

    LIE

    Fact: According to PFR there were only 9 players (five starters) left over from the Parcells years on the roster of the Pats first Super Bowl winner.

  53. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jul 19, 2017 1:20 PM

    fjw2 says:
    Jul 17, 2017 12:09 PM
    jimbobcooterqbtutor says:
    Jul 16, 2017 7:31 PM
    P.S. Quick trivia, Belichek is not of Russian descent, he is of Croatian descent. When his grandfather came to America in 1898, he was informed that he’d do better with a Russian name so he changed it from Bilicic.

    Fascinating. Except his name is spelled Belichick, not Belichek. What dope ever thought he was Russian? Same ones that think Robert Kraft makes cheese?
    —————————————————————

    The wiki article said he was told to change his name to a Russian sounding name?

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