The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)
BBD Contributor: Paul Banach
This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.
UPDATE: Harris was re-signed by the New York Jets to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and others. The Bills almost certainly would not have been able to match that price.
With the departure of inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in Tuesday’s mega-trade for running back LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills could suddenly be in the market for another player at the position. As the Bills switch from last year’s 4-3 defense under Jim Schwartz to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Rex Ryan, impending free agent David Harris—who played for Ryan with the New York Jets—would fill that inside linebacker spot nicely.
Nicknamed “Hitman” for his big hits and hard-nosed play, Harris is a eight-year NFL who spent his last six seasons playing in Ryan’s defense. That makes him an obvious target for the Bills, and a very good one at that, with three straight 100-plus tackle campaigns.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Bills are expected “to put on a full-court press” to sign Harris.