David Harris has spent his entire time as a professional football player with the New York Jets since being drafted in 2007.
But after eight years with the Jets, Harris looks like he is set to wear a colour other than green for the first time in his NFL career.
The linebacker will more than likely hit free agency next month and reports are saying that there are multiple teams circling around Harris with a view to making an offer for his services.
While teams like the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears have all been linked to Harris already, it’s the Miami Dolphins who are emerging as the most recent, and strongest, contenders for Harris’ services.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are making a starting linebacker one of their top priorities and Harris is the man at the top of their list of targets at this stage.
“The Dolphins have told multiple people that they want to add a starting linebacker, and they’re expected to pursue the Jets’ David Harris, 31, who had 123 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2014 and is considered the best free agent inside linebacker," Barry Jackson of the Herald wrote.
Just like he did with Rex Ryan who is now at Buffalo, Harris has a link with the Dolphins which could be one of the reasons for the interest.
When, Harris was drafted back in '07, Mike Tannenbaum was the General Manager of the New York Jets. Tannenbaum is now the executive vice president of football operations in Miami and could be pushing Harris' name to others who play a role in personnel decisions.
“I have a lot of respect for David Harris. That guy, first of all, he never comes of the field — not just this year, but any year. The guy is like a 98, 99 percent playtime player for them every year, year after year... He’s a very instinctive player, which unfortunately we’ve seen that first-hand. He does a good job for them. He’s been very consistent, durable, dependable, productive over a long period of time.” - Bill Belichick speaking about Harris.
Harris was a second round pick by the Jets out of Michigan and has made his mark as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, becoming a second-team All-Pro in 2009. His 3,249 defensive snaps played is the most of any player on the Jets roster in the last three years. He recorded 123 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2014.