Given all of the moves made by the Patriots during their monster offseason, landing longtime adversary David Harris could get lost in the shuffle.
The former Jets linebacker was cut by the team on June 6, just one week before minicamp. Despite spending his first 10 seasons with Gang Green, he didn’t hesitate at the chance to become a Patriot, signing a two-year deal with New England two weeks later.
“They reached out to me and I pretty much accepted on the spot that I wanted to play there,” Harris told woodtv.com Saturday at his 11th annual football camp in Grand Rapids, MI. “Great organization. They’re the gold standard of the NFL. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”
Taken in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft (a rare hit in that round by the Jets in this millennium), Harris was a staple at middle linebacker during an up-and-down stretch for New York. He missed only one game over the past eight seasons, and was a model of consistency. Even in his age-33 campaign in 2016, Harris led the team with 62 solo tackles.
Harris’ first crack against his old team takes place on Oct. 15 at MetLife Stadium. A majority of Jetsfans will be weirded out that he’ll be wearing a color other than green. While Harris did choose his new team, if it were up to him, he would have stayed put until hanging up his cleats.