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Why does Harris deal need to beat Scott? Dan Leberfeld

The Jets put the franchise tag on linebacker David Harris on Tuesday.

But it’s highly unlikely he will play under that tag once the season starts.

He will probably get a long-term deal between now and then.

I keep hearing that Harris is going to end up making more than Bart Scott, who makes an average of $8 million per season.

Why?

Scott is overpaid. So why do the Jets need to beat a contract so out of whack with reality?

And plus, I think we would all agree that Harris had a good year this year, but not great.

I don’t want to make too big of a deal out of one play, but seeing Harris caught from behind by 33-year-old, 275-pound tight end Alge Crumpler, on a pick in the New England playoff game, didn’t help him.

It showed that he doesn’t have great speed, and if you are going to give an inside linebacker $9-10 million a year, he better be an athletic freak like San Francisco’s Patrick Willis.

A contact in the $6-7 million a year range seems more than fair for Harris.

And maybe some of that money can be taken from a Scott reduction to the $4-5 million ballpark.