Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post was the first to report that the Jets re-signed Harris to a three-year deal worth $21.5 million . According to Wilson the deal includes $15 million in guaranteed money over the first two years. That might seem a little steep for Harris, because it is, but the Jets needed a ton of linebacker help and Maccagnan probably took one look at the free agent market for inside linebackers and decided they needed to make sure Harris returned.
Harris is a liability in pass coverage but is still excellent against the run and is/has been an underrated/underused pass rusher. This move allows Harris to remain with the only NFL team he has ever played for, and likely end his career with, and gives Todd Bowles a veteran linebacker he can trust to man the middle of his defense.
Now the Jets can focus their attention on finding outside linebackers who can rush the passer and try and find a young linebacker who can play coverage in the draft to groom behind Harris. This signing also keeps Harris from going to join Rex Ryan in Buffalo, which is surely not the reason the Jets signed him but it’s a nice added bonus to Jets fans.