The Oakland Raiders have a cavernous hole at the inside linebacker position. Fortunately for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie the New York Jets just released the perfect fit in 11-year veteran David Harris, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Harris isn’t going to be a long-term solution in Oakland at 33-years old, however, he does plug the hole in the middle of the team’s defense with a competent, productive and trustworthy player as Oakland looks to make a Super Bowl run in 2017.
Moreover, Harris is still an adequate player as evidenced by his Pro Football Focus player grades of over 75 in three of his last four seasons.
The former Jets LB has been a stalwart in the middle, having missed just one game since 2009 while recording over 100 tackles in four out his last five seasons.
Harris would not only bolster the defense in the short-term, but would provide invaluable leadership to the litany of young inside linebackers McKenzie & Co. has assembled.
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