When the New York Jets cut longtime linebacker David Harris, it seemed to outsiders that a perfect fit would be for him to end up with the New England Patriots.
Apparently, that sentiment was felt by the player himself.
Speaking at a football camp in Grand Rapids, the Patriots’ newest veteran linebacker spoke about his how he made the jump from New York to New England.
The way he put it, it was a pretty simple decision.
From WoodTV in Grand Rapids:
“They reached out to me and I pretty much accepted on the spot that I wanted to play there,” Harris said. “Great organization. They’re the gold standard of the NFL. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”
The Jets made Harris a surprise cut around the start of minicamp this offseason, seemingly in an effort to shed salary as they build a younger roster for a rebuild. The Patriots, meanwhile, are built to win now and were a little thinner than some may have liked at the linebacker spot.
At age 33, Harris doesn’t have the same sort of wheels he did back in his prime. However, he carries a great reputation as a leader in the clubhouse, and presents great value as a run-stuffing linebacker.
The Patriots will get their first real look at their newest big-name addition later this month when they open up training camp.
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