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Dynastic Spoils

Posted by Radatz on June 22, 2017 at 1:15 PM

In a strange offseason during which the Patriots ostensibly became stronger despite a phonygate-depleted draft, an unexpected shoe has dropped. It's not quite on the level of the Yankees announcing that the Kansas City Athletics had gifted them Bobby Shantz in 1956, but the parallels are pretty obvious.

David Harris, UM product and cornerstone of Rex Ryan's superb Jet defense of seasons past, is a 10-year veteran. Not at his peak, but not considered on a steep slope either. It was considered puzzling that the Jets released him so late in the offseason, but that he was released at all sent shock waves through Jets fandom. Yes, it's NY, and yes, it's overamplified, but the SOJ crowd had a field day.

Bottom line... the guy is good, a hard-hitting run stopper at ILB and a knowledgeable presence on defense, considered for many years the QB of a Jet defense that carried what was usually a dismal offense to surprising success, not the least of which occurances was a mere 2 seasons ago.

So, of all the teams in need of a veteran ILB, who pounced? Need you ask? It was one of his biggest fans, Bill Belichick, who watched Harris & Co. ruin his SB drives twice in the early Rex years. Will he work out? Maybe. Maybe not. No risk. And he's 'worked' every year so far.

First Hogan, then Gilmore from Buffalo. Now Harris from the Jets. Wonder if Miami has anything gift wrapped?

BTW, the other 'name' bounced by the Jets in the late-offseason housecleaning was Eric Decker. He returns home to Tennessee, a move which may boost their roster significantly also.

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Reply vapor5
9:54 AM on June 23, 2017 
healthy Decker could help Titans. My Saints let the Pats "Crook" them this off-seson.
Reply the immortal scurds
10:56 AM on June 23, 2017 
holy fuck can the rams let any more starting wideouts roll past them on the waiver wire??? seems ne has a better internet connection to this waiver wire than everyone else......hmmmmm
Reply Radatz
1:24 PM on June 23, 2017 

You can tell Belichick thought a lot of Ryan's defensive abilities. But NE always picks off guys from their own division when they can, it seems. Spikes, Welker, Revis, Gilmore, Harris to name a few, plenty more. Probably true in other divisions too.