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Harris Designated as Jets’ Franchise Player

Posted by Randy Lange on February 15, 2011 – 10:36 am

The Jets conducted some transactional business today by announcing that they have designated inside linebacker David Harris as their franchise player.

We tweeted word of the tag being applied at 9:33 a.m. ET. Brian Mackler, Harris’ agent, said on a tweet shortly after that the Jets were smart in protecting David’s rights and that Harris’ and the Jets’ goal remains to “lock up David long term.”

This is the first time since 2006 that the Jets have used their franchise tag. That year DE John Abraham was designated the Jets’ franchise player.

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53 Responses to “Harris Designated as Jets’ Franchise Player”

  1. By sal on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Would been nice if he made a play at the end of the Pittsburgh game, all in all he had a good season,Hope they keep Holmes over most if not all

  2. By IRA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, Looking forward to that game-by-game-year addition. really enjoy looking back at games past.
    As for Harris no surprise and once the CBA gets settled i would expect the Jets to sign harris to a long term deal.
    Now do you use the transition tag on Holmes or Edwards or maybe even Cro? Some very difficult decisions that have to be made and lets not forget about Mizzou. Can’t keep them all.
    Getting to the 2nd tier hope they can keep Hunter. Turner, Drew, E.Smith and Pool.
    Randy, I would take a guess and think this year resigning as many players as possible has to be the most difficult task in their history. Agree?

  3. By Tom Spicer on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think they should have signed Harris to a long term deal then signed either Braylon or Holmes whoever was more reasonable also to a long term deal. The guy that wanted more money between Braylon & Holmes I would have franchised & then transitioned Cromartie.

  4. By KBM on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s hoping that can keep both Holmes and Edwards, and also Hunter and Turner to solidify line and offense is set. And, of course, d-line……

  5. By IRA on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    At some point i would think they will get Harris signed to a long term deal. Look at the Colts and Manning. Teams are holding back until they know what the new agreement and rules will be and i guess what the cap will be.
    Sorry i am not paying Cro the avg salary of the top 10 CB’s. He is very good not an all-pro. Its more important to get SH, BE and Mizzou settled first. I think SH gets a deal,BE gets offered a deal which will be less than he wants and Mizzou comes back if he doesn’t get a big price elsewhere. I am afraid they will look at Mizzou like they did Leon and they are not going to pay him 5 mill per. Hope i am wrong.

  6. By GaryC on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    do you really use the franchise tag on a inside linebacker, I like harris but could they have used this move more wisely.You would use it on a game changer if possible.

  7. By scjoe on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I like the move to franchise Harris, the only thing better would be to sign him to a long term deal ASAP then they can use the tag on which ever of the 3 other FAs they see fit (BE, SH, AC) I think you may see 2 of the 3 resigned, probably not all 3. As far as the April draft is concerned, I think it will be DL, OLB, and safety in that order, the only way that may not happen is if neither BE or SH is resigned, and then only if a top grade WR is available at #30

  8. By scjoe on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    It will be interesting to see if GB puts the tag on Cullen Jenkins who is an UFA. If not, that could be the answer at DE. Wouldn’t it be something to see Big Jenk at NT and little bro Cullen at DE? I think it would be a good move, anyone else agree? Other UFAs who could be available, how about Sproles? but only if the price is right. How about Hasselbeck or Smith (SF) instead of Brunell, again only if the price were right. There are options out there and I have faith in the T/Rex machine to make the right moves to improve the team and get over the hump in 2011.

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, Smith isn’t worth $5 mil just to return kicks and run the ball out of the QB slot once in awhile. And since he didn’t make it at WR and we seem to have finally realized that you need elite WRs in this league (Mr. T’s comment about SH and BE helping in Sanchez’s development is rare moment of insight for the Jets in this regard), Smith becomes one of the lesser priorities.

  10. By THUNDER LIPS on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    No one is going to do a darn thing until there is some progress on the CBA talks. assuming that gets resolved, the key to this offseason is chemistry. we need to keep enough players to keep the chemistry but add those new playmakers that will give us the spark we need when we need it most … pass rusher, DL, and safety.

    I for one would like to see Jenks come back with a restructered contract which is based upon numbers of downs played. this way if he gets hurt no biggie, if he doesn’t even better. of copurse, he cannot be viewed as a first team guy in this scenario so we still need to get his replacement. Ngata?

  11. By KBM on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta agree that B. Smith not worth real big bucks. Shot gun effectiveness limited, unless playing Bengals every week, especially with Shotty pulling the trigger on it. Nice on kick off returns, but Cro, if he’s back, and probably McKnight could fill in nicely there. Lock up 2 big WR’s and the 2 back up OL and the offense is set. Re-sign Pool who progressed well as he learned the system and concentrate as much as posible on loading up the front 7 in draft or however else possible. Pitoitua could help if he comes back from achilles…..

  12. By GaryC on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    to scjoe, we do not need two Jenkins who are injury prone, one is enough.

  13. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Jets will lock up B-E and S-H thats why they tagged D-H we need to do whatever it takes to keep Mizzou but I’m afraid he’ll be on the block along with Cro and L-T for some worth.. loses will mostly come from D-Line DB’s T-Rich LB’s maybe just maybe O-line… can’t be our kickers no Value there ..Mike T and our scouts best do their homework if they want to see the playoffs next season

  14. By andre on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply


  15. By John on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Jets should try to make a deal for WR, Vincent Jackson even if they need to trade a first Rd for him. Would love to see Jets pick up DE/DT Cullen Jenkins from green bay and of cause CB, Nnamdi Asomugha and let CB, Cromartie and Edwards go else where.

  16. By fred on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I like the fact that the Jets used the Franchise tag on Harris, if they didn’t some other team ( say New England) would have blown him away & he would be a goner. I’ll take my chances with signing Holmes & Edwards & if some other team offers a rediculous amount of money let them go too, no telling what may happen to them with a full wallet. I think Brad Smith is the odd man out -with all the players that have returned kicks successfully over Westhoff”s tenure I think it will be tough financially to re-sign him.

  17. By scjoe on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, Every player is injury prone! Imagine if all personal decisions came down to that theory?

  18. By Papa P on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Keep BE and SH. Give up Mizzou. Go out and get Nnamdi Asomugha and put Cromartie at safety. Cromartie has long legs and is real fast.

  19. By IRA on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, Agree they will not pay Mizzou top money. I love the guy and really hope they can keep him. I am just afraid some team like the Redskins will overpay for him. And for those who think he can replace J-Co in the slot its a nice try but he is not the same WR as J-Co is. He won the Cincy and Pitt game by himself.
    One thing is that since Westhoff has been here i believe they have returned 11 KO’s for TD’s by a lot of different return men. Everybody thought when Leon left they were done. Well what happens Mizzou shows he can return and then Cro does in Indy. Not taking anything away from all these players the system has a lot to do with their success.

  20. By IRA on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, Would love to have KJ’s brother. Who knows but its so hard to speculate when nobbody knows what the rules will be. The free agency period when it starts will be crazy. It will be like a week before camps open in late July or August unless these powers that run this league come to their senses.
    AS for KJ i would give him a shot at a comeback but he would have to restructure his deal. Otherwise they will turn the page.

  21. By Frank on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Ira no way we keep B Smith and I am increasingly convinced we wil not sign Cro either. We must sign Holmes first and Edwards second now that Harris is tagged. I am puzzled that Tanwwody has annointed Ducasse the LT considering how well Hunter played. In any case we must sign all the role players who did a great job last year including Hunter, Coleman, Smith and Pool. Jenkins needs to be cut or reduced to the veteran minimum. Scott needs to rework his deal or he needs to go. Ellis played well in spots but is at best a role player and depending on his demands I wouldn’t pay much for him either Pryce can handle that role. We must lock up Holmes and Edwards then we can focus the draft on D especially pass rushing DE and OLB.

  22. By GaryC on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    the continued talk of casey mathews is getting ludicrous, this guy is a 3rd or 4th round guy.if jets get him in 4th round that is fine, he is a inside backer which harris is, scott and westermann, the two guys they signed last week.he isn’t even rated in top 100 draftable players, clay mathews he isn’t.Scjoe back to your point,saying all players are injury prone,true but some more than others,like they say, can’t make all pro from the hot tub.

  23. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply had to spoil it just when we were getting back to the hugs and kisses..1st B-Smith does so much more then just return kicks …next .he like J-Co single handily won games for us hold on not done yet what players are paid today 5mill would be an insult in my opinion now in saying that knowing what I do about caps factors and agents in football he probably will be gone .. about losing Cro with Rex loving DB’s the way he does I’m afraid we’ll lose someone far more valuable like J-Co to keep him..Defense will have many new faces next year

  24. By Peter on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    1. The JETS need a NOSE TACKLE replacement for (KRIS JENKINS), who is a MINIMUM weight of **(350 LBS)*** to help occupy at least (2) OFFENSIVE linemen.

    2. The JETS need to get (REPLACEMENT) for (KRIS JENKINS). KRIS JENKINS is great player, but KRIS JENKINS will (NOT) last an ENTIRE football season.

    3. The JETS need a NOSE TACKLE replacement for (KRIS JENKINS), who is a MINIMUM weight of **(350 LBS)*** to help occupy at least (2) OFFENSIVE linemen.

  25. By IRA on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Agree with everything excecpt about Pryce replacing Ellis. I think Ellis has more left in the tank than Pryce does.
    I thought Drew had one of the more productive years on defense than most players. I really want to keep him.
    I understand its a business but i just can’t see them investing so much money in two players who play the same position. Hope i am wrong and they sign SH to a deal [Seymour just signed with the Raiders] and either make an offer to BE or put the transition tag on him.

  26. By Tom Spicer on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    II agree with Frank they have to resign Braylon & Holmes & then focus on the front 7 we will be fine with Leonard, Pool & Smith. We need DE, NT & OLB BAD!

  27. By Tom Spicer on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Also guys keep saying Brad Smith we have to sign him. I think he should be at the back of the line. We need to sign Harris, Braylon, Holmes & Cromartie all before we even think about Smith.

  28. By troy(nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    TO some of you above who are saying we should just focus on signing 1 of the 2 Wr’s needs to remember this could stunt Marks maturation,like I said before it has been since like the early 90’s that we we wernt lacking a major piece at WR,either needing size ie.Edwards,or true gamebreaking in Holmes at the same time,along with a talented TE ie.Keller,not since Moore,Toon,Burkett,Shuler/Mitchell have we had such WR talent on the same roster.I do think Mr.T is thinking he & Rex can get Edwards to sign back at a hometown discount due to the team sticking by his side during the DUI and the fact he will be suspended at the beg.of next they can give Holmes a big deal.I do see either BIg jenks gone or playing at Vets Min.and Bart being…

  29. By troy(nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    cont…asked to restructure at a cheaper price,this should help in bringing back some key guys like ,Coleman,E.Smith,Hunter & Turner,,etc.Cromartie’s
    situation is really the tricky one depending on much he’s going to ask for having to give up a 2Nd rounder means you have to try everything you can to keep him though,and for whoever it was above that said we should get Vincent Jackson,you do realize that the chargers have Tagged him and it would cost 2 1st round
    picks to get him .not going to happen.lets just hope we can keep our 2 star wr’s,and bring in some pass rushers,add Pace to the list of needing to restructure
    he’s yet to justify the $$ his getting paid,and Gholston is no longer a Jet,so there will be some $$ to throw around.

  30. By scjoe on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, I agree 100% about Big Jenk, in fact I will go one step further and say probably the only way he returns is with an incentive laced contract, but Cullen on the other hand would fit in perfectly. Once again, in a perfect world, a line with Kris and Cullen (injury free) would be something worth watching. As I alluded to with GaryC, no one can predict anything, and that includes injuries, so you go out and do what you have to do to improve the team and hope for the best, but at the same time prepare for the worse. We know what a healthy KJ is capable of, and we know what Cullen is capable of, but of course their are no guarantees.

  31. By scjoe on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Bottom line on B Smith, it would be a luxury to resign him at the right price, not necessarily a necessity! Like Ira said, some team, either Washington or maybe even St Louis would more then likely over pay for his services. I can’t see T/Rex getting into a bidding war to keep him on the roster as a # 4 or 5 WR and a KO man. Don’t get me wrong now, this guy has nice size and good speed and he may make it is a #2 WR in the right system, just won’t happen in NY. In my mind, he winds up going home to Mizzou (St Louis) they need WRs and it looks like a good match for both.

  32. By IRA on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, Hey you might have nailed it with the Rams. That s a pefect fit [man that hurts to say] for him. Indoors on the carpet for at least 8 games per year or soon to be 9 he could shine even more. IF he is not a Jet i will root for him no matter were he goes. Mizzou is a class act.

  33. By carl on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy , Do the players that get tagged want to be tagged? If there is a strike do they still get paid? Are all other contracts voided? How does that work exactly?Sorry about my stupidty. Bills let go Stroud,He’s still got a lot left in the tank.Randy, what do you think? Go Jets!!!

  34. By Randy Lange on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    carl, some players and their agents, in my experience, hate being “tagged” while some don’t seem as upset. I’m sorry that I can’t provide any insight on what might happen in regard to a work stoppage. And I’ve heard nothing regarding Jets interest in Marcus Stroud now that the Bills have announced they’ve released him.

  35. By GaryC on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    nfldraftcountdowns mock draft now has jets selecting justin houston out of georia,I mentioned this guy awhile back because he is a standup linebacker out of georgia, same school as mo lewis,and as I always say go back to the school that puts out players who produce at certain positions, penn state linebackers, usc lineman, tennessee wide receivers.Sorry off the top of my head do not know how many great linebackers like casey mathews have come from oregon.

  36. By John on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    There no way jets will let Brad Smith go anywhere. I think edwards might be the odd player that might be going to another team. Bryan Thomas, Cromartie and Kris Jenkins and maybe even Shaun Ellis also could be playing else where.

  37. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    MJV, I’d love to keep Smith and I agree he has an added value that’s hard to put your finger on. But as Spicer, troy, scjoe, and others point out, it’s really hard to get too worked up about him before Holmes, Edwards, Harris, and Cromartie are signed. My number one priority is building an offense that can score points, which is the main reason we didn’t go further this year.

  38. By Row on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know if I like this move or not. I think the franchise tag should be used with a big name guy over a team made unknown. I do think Harris should be a part of the Jets for a long time. I think Braylon or Holmes would have been a better tag because an awesome WR is a hard thing to find. People will bid on SH and BE now. Braylon must be the first to sign. Cromartie next. Brad Smith does more on ST’s than anyone, he’s next. Lastly, Holmes, if he’s willing to take an incentive based contract. I think the guys who play deserve to get paid. With a Billion dollar stadium, PSL’s and sold out seats, Jet fans have earned the right to get these guys back. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring in T.O. Draft all rounds D line/LB. Go Jets 2011!!!

  39. By IRA on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Thomas is coming off probably his best season. He led the team in sacks with 6, had 3 TFL and 1 FF and 1 REC. He is a solid LB against the run and i am not sure of his contract. But i would bring him back and if they ask him to restructure so be it. I would like to see him play out his career with the Jets.
    Looks like Cro could be gone today. I always felt he would be the odd guy out. Re-sign Drew, coach up Kyle, sign a second tier veteran CB once they can sign FA’s and go invest some money in a pass rusher and draft one too.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  40. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like sanity is taking over, with a report today (probably the one Ira is referring to with his comment on Cromartie) that the Jets are emphasizing signing Holmes and Edwards even if it means losing Cro. I thought Cro did very well for us and retains great potential, but it all starts on O with those two WRs.

  41. By Tom Spicer on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I got this from a site I read “Citing sources, NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi reports that the Jets plan to let free agent CB Antonio Cromartie walk this offseason. According to Lombardi, the Jets are more focused on re-signing Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards.” I think this is great news I think this says Braylon & Holmes will be back. I have said all along that out of the big 4 Harris, Braylon, Holmes & Cromartie if 1 of them has to go I want it to be Cromartie.

  42. By GaryC on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I believe the people who think Edwards and Holmes are coming back are whistling in the wind.time will tell, but egos of todays player sometimes get in the way of making sane decisions.why are the players going to strike, is that a sane decision.I believe the bears might make a big offer to edwards,they need a legit wideout and he is a midwest guy. so cromartie might be gone after one year,another draft pick wasted.

  43. By scjoe on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I think anyone of us would love to see BE and SH return, but we are looking at it from a fan perspective, it is easy for us to say give both of them what they are asking and lets move on, but unfortunately that is science fiction. You want to know what is worse case should we not resign one or even both? How about the prospect of either playing in Miami or NE? Both could use either of the two and I would bet both would be in the running should they hit free agency. How about Brady throwing to BE and Holmes lined up opposite Brandon Marshell? Fantasy or reality? Stay tuned.

  44. By Danny Mastrodonato on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone. Is there any interest in Cro from other teams around the league? could we get a second rounder for him? And is there any speculation on if Smith is going to get a new deal and if not is he second round material?

  45. By Hans on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy, did you mean to say 2000 rather than 200? :P

  46. By Randy Lange on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    It should have read 2006, Hans, and now, with your help, it does.

  47. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, Ira is the only person on the site who’s ever offered a specific reason that it will be hard to sign both SH and BE, and his reason is that it will cost too much $ at one position. Well, Ira’s been around long enough to remember when it was called split end and flanker and just because both share the same WR name today, you still need great guys at each. Funny how I never hear anyone on this site wring their hands about whether GB or PIT will be able to sign all their WRs, which are among the big reasons they got to the SB. Anyone who thinks Wallace and Jennings won’t cost big $ soon or that proven vets like Driver and Hines will ever come cheap is dreaming. Cro, Smith, and anyone else still unsigned come a distant 2nd to SH and BE.

  48. By GaryC on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Jet fan tom, what about a teams tradition that makes it easier about certain teams signing players, don’t know to many players who said they will sign on with the jets because of their tradition. that is why it will be easier for green bay, pittsburgh,to sign players over the jets.the only thing players use to hear about jets is it’s the same old jets,takes awhile for players to forget that.

  49. By scjoe on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    64tom, although you make a good point about other teams and their WRs what you are forgetting is that OUR team has 17 UFAs a few in the upper echelon at their positions, factor in that it will ALWAYS come down to finances, and you can see where I am coming from. I mentioned above about how both Miami and NE will be in the running for both of our guys should they hit the open market, don’t you think they would be willing to kick out just a few extra bucks knowing they would not only help them self but hurt the Jets at the same time? I don’t agree that the reason we don’t resign both is that they play the same position, just $ in general.

  50. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Well, GaryC, two AFC championship games in a row and the upside of players liking aspects of Rex’s style has done more to change the tradition of the Jets than anything in decades, so I’m optimistic about signing guys on that basis. Or would you, if you were a player, go instead with the “traditions” of currently messed-up teams like SD, OAK, MIN, or WASH? scjoe, I love your point about SH and BE being very attractive to NE and MIA and that’s another reason we need to sign them both. I wanna hear what you, Ira, and a few others say when the Fish somehow manage to pay, say, Holmes and Marshall but we insist on playing it cheap at WR and letting them get away.

  51. By GaryC on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, we were specifally talking about Green Bay and Pittsburgh as compared to the jets,and if a poll was taken the majority of players in nfl would play for the aforementioned teams.two years does not wash away not winning for 42.

  52. By GaryC on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, one other point, what is rexs style of defense, attacking the quarterback, what team doesn’t want to do that.sorry rex did not invent defense.

  53. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    I wasn’t talking about Rex’s style of D, GaryC, I was talking about his personal style, which the players seem to really like. And sure, GB and PIT are going to be two of the most popular franchises with players for a long time, but we’ve certainly moved up the ladder, which is why I mentioned the other four teams I did who are suddenly (or not so suddenly, in the case of OAK and WASH) not much fun to play for.

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