Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and company can let out a collective sigh of relief now that Nick Mangold signed a seven-year, $55 million deal with a reported $22.5 million in guarantees.
Linebacker David Harris, however, will have told hold his breath if he wants a new contract.
Despite whispers of a 2011 lockout, Harris is confident he’ll strike a new deal after the season.
“It’s out of my hands and that’s the rules that I’ve got to live by,” Harris said. “I just have to see how everything plays out next offseason with the labor talks and be patient.”
The linebacker's agent has spoken with the Jets numerous times, including in recent weeks. But a deal is not expected to be done until after the uncertain labor situation lifts.
Harris, the Jets' leading tackler last season and a 2007 second-round pick, earned less than $1 million both this year and last. That means he is particularly affected by the 30 percent rule, which limits raises in extensions entered into this year based on the player's 2009 salary.
“I try not to think about it," Harris said. "I just try to go out there and play how I play. My contract situation is not going to change anything around here or any of our goals, so I just have to keep on coming to work and doing my job.”
As for his newly rich teammate, Harris was happy to see Mangold sign.
“I told him congratulations. He’s earned it and I’m happy for him.”