via ESPN – Longtime middle linebacker David Harris, who was a defensive pillar for the New York Jets before signing with the rival New England Patriots last offseason, is calling it a career.
“After 11 years of having played the greatest team sport at its highest level, it’s now time for me to announce my retirement from the NFL,” Harris said in a statement on his agency’s Twitter account.
Harris, 34, unceremoniously released by the Jets last June, signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Patriots, hoping to win a Super Bowl ring.
David Harris was an amazing player for the Jets. Played for 10 seasons and only missed 6 games his entire career. He was a part of the great Jets draft classes (yeah that’s right I said it) of 2006 and 2007. The beginning of Mike Tannebaum’s tenure as GM had such promise and man did it coming crashing down in spectacular fashion.
Makes me so angry that Harris left the team a la Darrelle Revis by being unceremoniously released and then heading to New England to try and get a ring.
Can’t hold it against him though, the Jets are just a disaster.
He ended up the second leading tackler in franchise history and will be a strong favorite for Ring of Honor induction. If anyone cares about that. I think most Jets fans feel like I do where it’s just another example of the front office handling every situation the wrong way.
“Harris said he was “blindsided” when he was released last offseason amid the team’s massive roster purge. Despite the awkward ending, he’s considered a strong candidate for the team’s Ring of Honor.”
Translation: Despite having the love and support of the fans, the franchise treated him like trash and ruined everything, like they always do.