David Harris: New England Patriots are ‘the gold standard of the NFL’


Veteran linebacker David Harris had no problem joining the New England Patriots following 10 seasons with the New York Jets. 

The New York Jets are in rebuild mode and because of this they have released one of their best defensive players over the last decade in David Harris.  Although the release was a surprise, it was no surprise that the 33-year-old linebacker signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots.

While Harris has no commented on the release from the Jets, he did take some time to address joining the defending Super Bowl champions.

Speaking to woodtv.com at his 11th annual football camp in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Harris summed up his feelings about becoming a part of the team he tried so long to knock of the AFC East mantle.

"“They reached out to me and I pretty much accepted on the spot that I wanted to play there,” Harris told the TV station.  “Great organization.  They’re the gold standard of the NFL.  Why wouldn’t you want to be part of that?”More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"

In joining the Patriots, Harris will have an opportunity to really stick it to his former team.  Like Darrelle Revis, the veteran linebacker could win a Super Bowl championship on the other side of the Patriots-Jets rivalry.

Harris in New England

Don’t for one second think that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick feel bad for the Jets releasing Harris.

The Jets’ second all-time leading tackler is exactly what the Patriots defense needs.  Not only does he add a veteran presence and durability, he is a player who could fill in for Dont’a Hightower if he is to miss any games due to injury.

He can also help lead a young linebacker group.  That group consists of players like Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, Jonathan Freeney and undrafted linebacker Harvey Langi.

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Overall, his presence and leadership should help in camp.  Although his best years are behind him, his motivation to prove he still has something left in the tank should also benefit the New England Patriots.

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Besides, David Harris is exactly the kind of football player Belichick finds a way to get the most out of.