Brought it up in the other thread regarding McClain and the more I think about it, the more sense it makes to me. This guy is making a ton of money and simply put, he isn't producing. I'd argue that he has been one of the biggest disappointments this year. And quite frankly, its been an every other year thing with him. In 2009, he was fantastic with Rex at the helm. In 2010, I remember vividly being disappointed with him. Last year I loved him again and this year... I hate him. Can't stand him. Missed tackles, burnt in coverage and consistently a pain in my ***. When you look at him, you can't possibly tell me he is a "franchise player" worthy of the money he's making. You simply can't.
Next season, Harris will command 13 million dollars, roughly 10.9 million in base salary. Unfortunately, cutting him would save only 4 million dollars and have a 9 million strapped against the cap regardless. So I'm sure the Jets would be reluctant to do that. Having said that, I think that the Jets could easily find a trading partner to dish him off, perhaps a team with a high amount of cap looking to find a 3-4 linebacker like him. We wouldn't get a very high pick or a great receiver (remember, there were once rumors the Broncos would trade Brandon Marshall straight up for Harris) but we could at least get something for him and perhaps by trading him, it would clear up even more cap? I don't know, perhaps a cap master like NYJfan69 can help me out with that.
But my main issue is I also don't like how he fits a 4-3 defense. I really don't see how he can play middle linebacker in a 4-3. He's not athletic enough in my eyes and he's way too big. 6'2 250 pounds. Remember, JVilma, who excelled here as a MLB in the 4-3 defense but was traded away after struggling in a 3-4, was about 20 pounds lighter and far more talented. Demario Davis fits the mold of a MLB much better than Hitman. I look at Harris and I think the only way he can succeed in a 4-3 is through the outside linebacker position and even then, I think its a stretch. Does he really have the speed to get to the sideline? I just don't know.
I really think this is something to think about. Its seems evident that we are changing to a new defensive system and I can't see him fitting, especially at the cost we are going to be paying him. And another reason I'd have no problem seeing him go is because I don't think he's much of a leader anyways. He seems way too quiet to be a leader on this team and its evident Bart has more of that role despite not even being a starter right now.
Again, just putting an idea out here. I realize its extremely unlikely to happen because getting rid of your 4 starting linebackers from the beginning of the year is probably a first for any team historically, plus Harris isn't THAT bad. But I'd really consider it.