Damon Harrison Asks Lions For New Contract

Damon Harrison is coming off his first season as a member of the Lions, and he’s looking for a raise. The player also known as ‘Snacks’ has approached Detroit’s front office about getting a new deal, a source told Kyle Meinke of MLive.com

Harrison had been with the Giants the past several seasons, but New York traded him to the Lions at the trade deadline this past year for a fifth round pick. A defensive tackle, Harrison is widely regarded as an elite stuffer. Last year he received a 92.1 grade from Pro Football Focus, their third-highest grade for any defensive lineman.

Interestingly, Harrison played in 17 games last season since he was traded before the Giants had their bye week but after the Lions already had their’s. A 2016 first-team All-Pro, Harrison had 81 tackles and 3.5 sacks last year. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets back in 2012, Harrison has two years left on his deal.

Harrison is set to make a $6.75MM base salary in 2019 and $9MM in 2020, and apparently feels he’s underpaid. He’s still only 30, and wants to be locked up longterm by the Lions. Detroit might be hesitant to negotiate with him still having two years left on the deal, but Harrison played great down the stretch for the Lions and could be worth it as Matt Patricia continues to rebuild his defense.

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9 comments on “Damon Harrison Asks Lions For New Contract

  1. TheBlueMeanie

    He has barely been a member of the Lions for 6 months, played in only 10 games and is already asking for more money? I certainly appreciate him as a player and what he brings to the Lions’ defense, but I’m not sure he has earned a pay raise just yet.

    • Begamin

      I dont think he is asking for more money strictly because of his Lions appearances but rather taking his entire career into consideration. These things happen. Antonio Brown didnt need to play 1 game for OAK for him to get a new contract, for example

      • TheBlueMeanie

        For starters, Brown and Harrison’s situations are apples and oranges. Harrison isn’t demanding a trade like Brown did. Besides, it’s not the Lions’ obligation to pay him for things he did on other teams. Maybe put in a full season of work for Detroit, depending on how that goes, then he might have a little more merit to request a raise.

      • TheBlueMeanie

        Harrison and Brown’s situations are apples and oranges. Harrison isn’t demanding a trade or need to be signed by his new team. It’s not the Lions’ obligation to pay him for things he did on other teams. Maybe put in a full season of work for Detroit, see how that goes, then he might have more merit to request a raise.

  2. Perksy

    He’s a fantastic player and run stopper but I’m glad we traded him. Not a good locker room guy and did not fit the Giants scheme last season. I just wish they got better than a 5th round pick for him.

  3. Yep it is

    The guy is 30 and under contract for 2 more years. Why would you want to sign him past 32 years of age. 2 more years and then “ See Ya”.

  4. TheBlueMeanie

    According to GM Bob Quinn, nothing is happening on the Harrison front until after the draft. To paraphrase, it’s a possibility but it’s not a priority right now.

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