During the 2009 season the New York Jets had the NFLs No. 1 defense and were the best team at stopping the run. The defense is led by the out-spoken defensive mastermind head coach Rex Ryan who commands a lineup with multiple high profile players. Often lost in the lineup is 2007 second round draft pick out of Michigan University, David Harris.
This past off-season Mike Tannenbaum announced the “Core Four”, four career Jet players, were going to enter into negotiations about extending their contract; Harris is one of the “Core Four”. As the Jets closed camp in Cortland and were coming to the end of the preseason, it became certain that David Harris would be the only player of the “Core Four” that would not receive an extension. Due to the likes of Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and of course Darrelle Revis, the Jets could not afford to extend his contract until the following 2011 season.
After five weeks of the NFL Season two of the four “Core Four” were playing up to their new contracts, all while Darrelle Revis has come up lame due to a hamstring injury, a result of holding out of training camp and the preseason for his new contract. Davis Harris, the final player out of the four chooses not to hold out or make comments in the media, Harris continued to train, practice and have faith in the Jets organization.
The Jets are currently leading the division with three straight division wins and their defense is starting to look just as dangerous as the previous season. Quietly having an outstanding season, David Harris has become an elite middle linebacker in the NFL.
In his rookie year Harris led the team in tackles with 117, the first Jet since Stan Blinka in 1979 to do so. Since then, he has become vital to the Jets run defense, closing rushing lanes and playing a major role in Rex Ryan’s blitz packages. During the first two weeks of the season, Harris combined for 10 tackles and 2 blocked passes. Week 3 was the first away game for the Jets against the Miami Dolphins and their wild cat offense. After five weeks, Harris leads the teams in tackles with 32, nine of which came against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. Harris is coming off his best game all season and is proving to be the glue that holds the run defense together.
The combination of Harris’ ability to rush the passer, close down running lanes, and play every snap makes him one of the most valuable players on the Jets defense, if not the whole team. So the question is not; why haven’t the Jets extended Harris contract, but when will they. Harris is in the beginning of his fourth year with the Jets and the organization is set on making sure he retires as a New York Jet. Than it is time to resign David Harris and ensure our defense is the best in the league for future seasons to come.