Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison said he wants to return to New York next season, he told Sirius XM Radio.
"In a perfect world," Harrison said, "I would love to be back here."
Harrison, 27, recorded 72 combined tackles, half of a sack and one forced fumble last season. He has played in 53 games since joining the Jets in 2012, including 16 games in each of the past three seasons.
He said one of the key aspects of a team he's looking for is the opportunity to win. Despite missing the playoffs last season, he believes the Jets are headed in the right direction after improving from 4-12 in 2014 to 10-6 last year.
"I wouldn't take something with a team that isn't headed in the right direction," Harrison said. "I love winning more than money. I can have all the money in the world, but if I'm not happy, at the end of the day, it will all be a waste of time."
On the Jets' defensive line, Harrison helped the Jets put together the second-best rush defense last year. He will become a free agent next month.
"I think we should be able to get something done," Harrison said. "If not, I understand it's a business. They'd do what's best for the team on the business side, as well as I. ... But all hopes point towards me coming back here which I definitely want to do."
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I'm excited to hear that there's a chance Harrison could return, although if it reduces the chances of Muhammad Wilkerson's return then it would be bittersweet. Some people have suggested that the Jets have enough defensive line talent to cope with the loss of Harrison, but there's really nobody else as ideally suited to playing the nose tackle position in a base defense. That said, Todd Bowles' defenses typically operate more often out of sub-packages. If the Jets could bring in a role player for that part-time job, it could be preferable to paying a big salary to retain Harrison, but it would almost certainly be a downgrade. This situation is well worth watching, because it could provide us with clues as to where the team's priorities lie.