On a team filled with big-name players who like to speak out, ILB David Harris just goes about his business with a blue-collar approach, rarely making headlines for his on-field performance or off-field antics.
His play does the talking for him, and after recording 100 or more tackles for the third time in four seasons in 2010, the team has rewarded Harris by placing the franchise tag on him. His 2011 salary will be the average of the five highest-paid linebackers, which is expected to be around $10 million.
It is the first time the Jets have used the franchise tag since 2006, when they placed it on DE John Abraham and then traded him to the Falcons.
The way we see it
The Jets have wanted to give a long-term contract to Harris, but with the salary cap unknown for next season, that was impossible to do. By keeping the linebacker in a New York uniform, the team can work on giving him an extension when the new CBA is finally agreed upon.
This move also allows the Jets to have some flexibility with their cap room, which could help them retain some of their top players (such as CB Antonio Cromartie and WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards) whenever free agency begins.