NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the New York Jets have re-signed the linebacker for three years at $21.5 million, according to a source who has seen the deal. The contract includes $15 million fully guaranteed in the first two years. The team later confirmed the signing.
That guaranteed cash is quite a haul for the 31-year-old Harris, who was a stable of Rex Ryan's unit for years. Interest from Ryan's Bills and others teams seeking the linebacker's services could have driven up the price.
Jets new general manager Mike Maccagnan made it a priority to keep the quarterback of the defense in New York and got the deal done before the market opens Tuesday.
Entering his ninth season, Harris remains a solid run stuffer with keen blitzing ability. He will play a vital role in the middle of coach Todd Bowles pressure-heavy system.