Harris (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
One of multiple veterans purged from the rebuilding Jets roster in the offseason, Harris landed in New England on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old was expected to vie for a starting role, but with the Patriots settling on Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts as their three linebackers, Harris hasn't been able to see regular action. Harris played just seven defensive snaps in the Patriots' first three games, and since he doesn't offer much value on special teams, the Patriots have since made him inactive in two of the past three weeks. Unless an injury to one of the aforementioned players opens up an opportunity, Harris' relevance in IDP formats appears to be over.
Harris is signing a two-year deal with the Patriots, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Released in early June as part of the Jets' offseason purge, the 33-year-old Harris will stay in the AFC East and help his former team's chief rival fill a major need next to Dont'a Hightower in the linebacking corps. Harris had at least 75 tackles in each of his 10 seasons with the Jets, falling shy of the century mark last season (95 in 15 games) for the first time since 2011. His days as a valuable IDP likely are a thing of the past, but he should help the New England run defense while also providing an occasional pass-rushing threat (35.5 career sacks).
Harris is being released by the Jets, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Harris' tenure with the Jets comes to an end after 10 seasons, as he is the latest of a handful of veterans being released by the team this offseason. A second-round draft pick from Michigan, Harris was the backbone of the Jets' defense for several years, notching 1,088 tackles and 35.5 sacks during his 10 seasons in New York, missing only six games during that timespan. While the Jets are opting to get younger, Harris should attract the attention of several teams around the league looking to bolster their linebacking corps. At 33, it seems like the veteran still has something left in the tank, but he will likely need to take a major pay cut if he hopes to continue his career elsewhere.
Harris posted 11 tackles Sunday against the Patriots.
Harris failed to surpass six tackles in any of his first eight games to start the season, but he's now recorded 11 in each of his last two games. The 32-year-old has been a tackling machine for years, and it appears that he's back on track, making him an excellent player to add in IDP leagues.
|Bye: Week 9|
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|11||11/19/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|2007||New York Jets||16||127||90.0||37||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2008||New York Jets||11||75||52.0||23||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2009||New York Jets||16||127||82.0||45||5.5||2||24||12.0||14||0||3|
|2010||New York Jets||16||99||69.0||30||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2011||New York Jets||16||86||65.0||21||5||4||55||13.8||35||1||8|
|2012||New York Jets||16||123||79.0||44||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2013||New York Jets||16||124||70.0||54||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||16||123||71.0||52||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||New York Jets||16||108||67.0||41||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2016||New York Jets||15||95||63.0||32||0.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2017||New England Patriots||4||4||2.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2008||New York Jets||11||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2009||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2011||New York Jets||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2013||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|