David Harris Could be a Great Option at Linebacker for the New York Giants

Linebacker Davis Harris was released from the New York Jets on Tuesday, should the Giants consider offering him a contract?

The New York Giants are currently thin at middle linebacker, bolstering a young B.J. Goodson.

The Clemson product is in his second-year and will be expected to start come September, unless of course Jerry Reese decides to take flier on the former Jets star. 

Harris was expected to make a lofty $6.5 million in 2017, a large chunk of change for a player going into his 11th season and turning 34 in January.

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Despite his excessive pay-scale, the veteran still has some juice left in the tank and could provide immediate support to an unproven Giants middle-line-backing corps.

In 2016, Harris started in 15 total games, totaling 62 tackles and 0.5 sacks. His tackle production has been consistent throughout his career, proving that he still has what it takes to play at a top level in the NFL.

Why Harris would be a good fit:

The New York Jets have acted as the Giants' farm team as of late, dishing out Damon "Snacks" Harrison, Brandon Marshall and Geno Smith. All three players were previously starting players on the Jets.

Why would Harris be a good fit with the G-Men? Easy, leadership and experience. His presence in the locker room is a sought after commodity and his mentor-ship of the younger players would be extremely helpful in the long-run.

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B.J. Goodson could use another year of learning behind a quality veteran. If the Giants decide to stick with Goodson there will be pressure on the youngster to perform. 

Big Blue will present a top five defensive in 2017, but with the inexperience at middle linebacker it could become a problem down the road.

The bottom line is that the Giants should consider the veteran if they want to have a more secure defensive front. 


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