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Jets officially franchise Harris

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is tackled

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is tackled by David Harris of the New York Jets. (Nov. 21, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

In a move that's been expected since Super Bowl Sunday, the Jets officially slapped their franchise tag on linebacker David Harris, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Harris, the final member of the Jets so-called "Core Four" who's yet to ink a new long-term deal, is now in line pocket a one-year salary in the neighborhood of $10 million -- the average of the NFL's five highest-paid linebackers in 2010. Cornerback Darrelle Revis, tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold all signed new deals prior to the season opener.

It's the first time the Jets have used the franchise tag since 2006, when they placed it on defensive end John Abraham.

Still, it's unclear exactly what the franchise designation means since there is no new collective bargaining agreement. At the Super Bowl, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said the tags are worthless, and the union may end up going to court to challenge the tag's legitimacy.

Even after hitting him with the tag, the Jets can still work out a long-term contract with one of key members of Rex Ryan's defense, though it's a complex situation due to the lack of a new CBA. Harris made a team-high 99 combined tackles this past season, his fourth, and posted three sacks.

(Update, 9:43 a.m.): The Jets have just announced the move.

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