New York Jets re-sign MLB David Harris

David Harris is, by all reports, a nice guy, a likeable teammate, and easy to coach. He’s been a defensive captain and signal caller for the Jets defensively for years and he’s been a leader on and off the field. I feel like that gets him overpaid. Four off-seasons ago, Harris signed a 4-year, 36 million dollar deal with the Jets, even though he graded out below average in his first 2 seasons in the league and then just 21st and 25th respectively in 2009 and 2010. The Jets kept him through the duration of that deal even though he graded out below average in 2 of 4 seasons, including 48th out of 53 eligible in 2012, and maxed out at 18th. He was Pro Football Focus’ 29th ranked middle linebacker in 2014.

He doesn’t get quite as much money the 2nd time around, 21.5 million over 3 years with 15 million guaranteed, but he’s also going into his age 31 season. This is still an overpay. I understand it’s a very weak middle linebacker class in free agency and the draft as well to some extent. Outside of Harris and Rolando McClain, who has a tough record off-the-field, there really isn’t much in terms of free agent middle linebackers, which makes it a player’s market. However, guaranteeing player who is a solid starter at best 15 million for his age 31 and 32 seasons isn’t the right move. Something in the neighborhood of 3-year, 15 million with 6 million guaranteed would have been more appropriate.

Grade: C

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