The New York Jets confusing series of offseason moves continues to bite them, as former MLB David Harris signs with defending Super Bowl Champ and hated rival New England Patriots.
While most people are celebrating graduating high school, college or just the end of the school year, fans of the New York Jets are trying to recover from daily heartbreak. The latest occurred earlier today when the New England Patriots agreed on a contract with David Harris.
According to tweets from ESPN.com Adam Schefter, the Patriots and Harris have agreed on a contract. Albert Breer of The MMQB tweets that the two agreed to a two-year, $5MM deal for the veteran with $1.25MM guaranteed. He can also earn up to $1.75MM in incentives.
This comes just days after the news that the Titans signed Eric Decker, whom the Jets also released earlier this month. As the Jets enter the third year of the Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles era, fans and NFL experts are predicting this roster to be the worst in the NFL.
What makes this worse is that just like when Darrelle Revis signed with New England, it seems that the Patriots love picking up on players that will almost surely wind up in the Jets Ring of Honor. Harris spent 10 years with the Jets after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft (Revis was the first round pick in 2007). His 154 games played rank 4th on the list of most games played by a Jets LB.
It will be hard for Jets fans to see Harris running around Gillette Stadium making tackles for the Patriots. One of the fondest memories I have of Harris was when he intercepted Tom Brady in the first quarter of the Jets 2010 Divisional Round Playoff victory over New England. The other memory I have of that play was although it set the Jets up with a 1st and 10 at the New England 12-yard line, the Jets went three-and-out and Nick Folk missed a 30-yard FG. Typical Jets.
Harris will be missed and to think of him in a Patriots uniform is just another scar on the countless amounts of damage that Bill Belichick and the Patriots have done since quitting as “HC of the NYJ” on January 4, 2000.
Mark Kelly covers the New York Jets for ProFootballSpot.com. You can follow him on twitter @CkmagicSports. Looking for more Jets news and features? Like our Jets Facebook page and also follow @spot_jets on Twitter.