Anxious LB Harris hopes to sign long-term deal with Jets

If nothing else, the longest work stoppage in NFL history has allowed David Harris to catch up on his favorite classic sitcoms.

"I've been doing a whole lot of nothing," the New York Jets linebacker told The Grand Rapids Press in Saturday's editions. "I go work out, then I come home and watch reruns of 'The Cosby Show,' 'The King of Queens,' 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and 'Martin.' I think I've seen every episode of 'The Cosby Show' again.

"Hopefully, it's going to end soon. I'm ready to go back to work."

Harris was in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., this weekend, hosting his annual football camp at Ottawa Hills High School. The 27-year-old has emerged as one of the premiere players on Rex Ryan's Jets defense, anchoring the linebacker corps.

The Jets thought enough of Harris to place the franchise tag on him before the lockout, tying him to the team for another year at a premium rate.

That is, if the current franchise tag rules remain in place when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. There is a possibility that Harris could be an unrestricted free agent just days from now.

The linebacker doesn't sound like he's itching to leave New York any time soon.

"I love New York. If you're a defensive player, you'd love to play for the Jets, too," he said. "There's no coach other than Rex Ryan that I want to play for. He's a lot of fun. I want to play there the rest of my career."

Last season, Harris completed the modest four-year rookie deal he signed after being drafted in the second round out of Michigan in 2007. He finished 2010 with 99 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. He also had a key interception and long return in New York's victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

"I still think we'll be able to work out a long-term deal," Harris said.

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