It is a four-year deal worth $36 million, with $29.5 million in fully guaranteed money, per a person with knowledge of the terms. That person requested anonymity because the team has not announced the terms.
Never let it be said the Jets are cheap when it comes to their own. Harris' deal is well deserved. He was the one homegrown star who did not get a big extension last year and did not complain.
This is a great move for the Jets. Harris is a fantastic linebacker, one of the best in the game against the run. Keeping him in green and white will help this team from years to come. On top of this, it likely created cap space depending on how it was structured. That is a better first option for creating room than giving away Jerricho Cotchery in a trade.
Looking at the offseason objectively, the Jets had four big ticket free agents entering, Harris, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, and Braylon Edwards. They are going to end up locking three of them up for a long time. That is very good in a league with a hard salary cap.