Former New York Jets linebacker David Harris has crossed into enemy territory. After being released by the Jets early in the offseason, the veteran defender inked a free-agent contract with the rival New England Patriots.
Although Harris has already admitted that he would have loved to remain in East Rutherford, he just could not turn down an offer from the heralded Patriots.
“They reached out to me and I pretty much accepted on the spot that I wanted to play there,” Harris said, via WoodTV.com. “Great organization. They’re the gold standard of the NFL. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”
Garnering a two-year deal from the Patriots, Harris previously spent his entire NFL career as a member of the Jets. He was originally selected by New York in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Michigan.
As result of his tenure with the Jets, the 33-year-old linebacker appeared in at least 11 regular-season games in each of his 10 seasons in the NFL. In 2016, he appeared in 15 regular-season games for the Jets en route to producing 95 total tackles, 0.5 sacks and two pass defenses. For his entire career, he has registered 1,088 total tackles, 35.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 29 pass defenses.
“When I got released by the Jets, it was kind of disappointing,” Harris added. “I wanted to finish my career there.”
Harris will square off against his former team for the first time on October 15 at MetLife Stadium.