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Harris Hopes For Long-Term Deal With Jets

Prior to the lockout, the Jets placed the franchise tag on inside linebacker David Harris, which is reportedly worth between $10.1 million and $10.5 million in guaranteed base salary.

Harris signed the tender in February, and Brian VanOchten of The Grand Rapids Press reports that Harris hopes to sign another contract, one that will keep with the Jets for years to come.

“I love New York. If you’re a defensive player, you’d love to play for the Jets, too. 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,” Harris said.

“I still think we’ll be able to work out a long-term deal.”

A second-round pick (47th overall) out of the University of Michigan in 2007, Harris (6-2, 243) has totaled 428 tackles, 14.5 quarterback sacks and a pair of interceptions as a starter in 52 of his 59 games in the NFL, adding 55 tackles, two quarterback sacks, and an interception in six post-season games over the last two seasons.

Harris earned $550,000 in base salary in 2010, the final season of his four-year, $3.46 million rookie contract.

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