Report: David Harris could appeal to Bears, Falcons

AP

A pair of NFC clubs could be suitors for Jets inside linebacker David Harris if he hits the open market when the new league year begins on March 10.

The Bears and Falcons could be players for Harris, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reported Friday.

One of the NFL’s more productive inside linebackers in recent seasons, the 31-year-old Harris notched 123 tackles for New York in 2014.

Harris would project to inside linebacker in the Bears’ new base 3-4 front. In Atlanta, Harris could fit at middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme.

Harris is No. 36 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this week, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan indicated the Jets wanted to bring back Harris, who has been with the franchise throughout his eight-season NFL career.

However, the Jets could have some competition if Harris is unsigned when free agency begins.

16 responses to “Report: David Harris could appeal to Bears, Falcons

  1. As much as I liked the hit man, he’s just too slow and really only suited for run D at this point. Go ahead and have him. I’d rather get a compensatory pick next year.

  2. Do the right thing and sign the guy and have him retire as a Jet. But, if he has the chance to make a tone of Money with another club? Go for it! I would, if I where him!? I’d would try and sign a respectable contract, and if the Jets don’t want to pay what he feels he’s worth? Sign somewhere else for more Money! The most underrated Inside Linebacker in the NFL! I still can not believe he has never made a Pro-Bowl!

  3. ONe of the best players of the past decade.

    I am Blue , not Green (NYer’s get it) and I respect this guy…

  4. Rex Ryan in Buffalo probably wants him, as does Miami. Harris is a mike linebacker and that is one of the Dolphins biggest needs (either in the Draft or Free Agency) and Mike Tannenbaum knows it.
    If the Jets want to keep Harris, they will have to bid hard to keep him.

  5. He’s a very good player but I don’t think he’s what the Bears need. They spent the last few years with far too many guys on the wrong side of 30.

  6. ILBs can be productive into their 30s… Ray Lewis, Urlacher, Seau, etc. Plus that position… we’ve seen it in Chicago… has more to do with football and leadership IQ than having cheetah speed. Jon Bostic is really fast but blew a lot of plays last year.

  7. He’s a very good player but I don’t think he’s what the Bears need. They spent the last few years with far too many guys on the wrong side of 30.
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    As a Bears fan I agree 100%. Ever since Peppers (if not before), the Bears have gotten into a habit of buying other teams’ players to try and cover for their own horrible drafting and coaches that couldn’t develop a Polaroid. The new GM may help the Bears start drafting better (or not), but they now have the best coaching staff at Halas Hall since the Ditka years. I’d like to see what guys like Fangio and Donatell can do with some of our younger players already in-house before we start offering another round of big contracts to other teams’ old guys.

  8. Green Bay says no. You sign an old guy, pay him too much, and lose compensatory draft picks.

    That’s a three way bad deal.

  9. ttommytom says:
    Feb 21, 2015 1:53 AM
    ONe of the best players of the past decade.

    I am Blue , not Green (NYer’s get it) and I respect this guy…

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    Could the blue mean Giants, and the green mean Jets? I mean, I live in Maryland, but don’t think it’s too tough a code to crack!

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