Harris recorded 95 tackles and five tackles for a loss in 2016, and his signing gives New England another viable inside linebacker option.
The team has a particular history with the Jets, who have seen players, prospects, and even coaches bolt for the drastically more successful squad.
Meanwhile, the Patriots get to take advantage of signing a productive player such as Harris late in the offseason when he normally would have been scooped up at the beginning of free agency. He has missed games in just two of his 11 seasons, and has missed six games total. Schefter also noted via Twitter that Harris is the latest AFC East defector who made a decision to join the eight-time defending division champions.
In 2014, in the week leading up to a December game with the Jets, Belichick answered a question comparing Harris' role to Jerod Mayo's at the time.
Harris had a down year in 2016, and posted career lows in tackles and sacks. He has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former division rival New England Patriots.
How do you feel about the David Harris signing? He's a very instinctive player, which unfortunately we've seen that first-hand. Now on the roster the Patriots have Harris, Shea McClellin, Dont'a Hightower, Rob Ninkovich, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy filling out their LB room. He does a good job for them.