Damon Harrison will skip Lions mandatory minicamp

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Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison recently suggested that “major news” is “coming soon.” While this may or may not be it, the veteran defensive lineman won’t be at the team’s mandatory minicamp, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Harrison is due to make $6.75 million this year and $9 million in 2020, the final year of his contract with the Lions.

He forfeited a $250,000 workout bonus by skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason program. He’ll now be subject to fines of up to $88,650 for missing the three-day minicamp, with $14,775 for the first day, $29,550 for the second day, and $44,325 for the third.

Harrison will join cornerback Darius Slay as veteran Lions defenders who are boycotting the three-day minicamp.

34 responses to “Damon Harrison will skip Lions mandatory minicamp

  1. Can you blame him? Who would want to play for that woebegone franchise? As long as the Ford family owns the team, the Lions will never be a factor. Leadership starts at the top, and the Fords have never demonstrated that they are able to do much of anything with this football team. They’ve never hired the right people and they have a decades-long track record of futility.

  2. And it begins. Lions just don’t get it often times. Harrison and Slay holding out will cripple any chances of them improving as a team.

  3. Another cancer the Giants got rid of. Amazing that as an UDFA he would be grateful for the opportunities and $ millions he’s gotten. Instead he sulks. Great talent but lousy character.

  4. The modern NFL player:
    Don’t show up for mandatory workouts. Forfeit money.
    Then complain you’re underpaid while paying fines for holding out.

  5. Doesn’t Giant’s orig opt-out for 2019 still apply at Lions? If so he has limited leverage, could explain why he’s got frustrated with contract talks – & already their highest paid D-lineman.

  6. Damon Harrison will turn 31 during the season and will be 32 when his contract is up.
    He may still be good but surely he will be on the decline.
    He signed a fat contract at the time ($46 million contract with the Giants in March 2016). If he is sad he’s not making more than he shouldn’t have signed that contract. It’s not like he hasn’t earned tens of millions. Play out the contract, do well, and go elsewhere.
    Or play well this year and maybe work out an extension with the Lions.

    I’m seeing this more and more where a player who signs a long term contract wants more money after 2-3 years.
    Just sign a 3 year contract. It will be a bigger cap hit to the team so they may want to pay a little less.
    You can’t have it both ways.

  7. Why sign a contract if your not going to honor it? Slay is skipping it too. Both have two years left and are clients of the same agent getting to be as bad as poloticians

  8. Does anyone really care who skips mini-camps anymore? All they do in mini-camps anymore is go through the motions anyway. It’s not like they are out there in pads and hitting.
    This says Harrison forfeited $250,000 dollars by skipping the “voluntary” portion of the off season program.
    That shows how out of touch these players really are. I would bet that 90% of the people who comment in here never made $250,000 in one year in their whole lives.
    And he’s going to forfeit another $88,650 by missing this three day minicamp. Most of us would be happy just to get paid that $650 to attend a three day minicamp.
    More power to him, I guess.

  9. These Jets players are all the same. They carry enormous egos and are primadonnas.

    The guy has millions upon millions left on his deal and he is not committed to his team. It’s just that simple.

  10. I agree with statements about honoring contracts! Why have them at all if players don’t want to honor them? This is becoming a league wide issue, almost an epidemic . On one hand players want the job security but on the other some feel entitled to more $ because someone else is getting more. 😂

  11. Where I work, anytime someone mentions a raise the first thing management does is pull out the attendance record. The it’s usually “well you missed time here and here so you must not be hurting for money that bad. Go back to work”.

  12. v2787 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 6:53 am
    Can you blame him? Who would want to play for that woebegone franchise? As long as the Ford family owns the team, the Lions will never be a factor. Leadership starts at the top, and the Fords have never demonstrated that they are able to do much of anything with this football team. They’ve never hired the right people and they have a decades-long track record of futility.
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    Dude, get some new material….seriously

  13. Business is business. People ask for raises from their job all the time. People expect loyalty from their job (which is a lot to ask for) but that’s part of being a human. Stop chastising players for practicing good business habits and looking out for self. The shelf life of an NFL career is short and these guys have to get what they can from it.

  14. The Detroit media praised the trade that brought him to the Lions…..they couldn’t believe the late round pick it cost them….now they know why, a locker room lawyer.

  15. siafuremains says:
    June 4, 2019 at 9:34 am
    Where I work, anytime someone mentions a raise the first thing management does is pull out the attendance record. The it’s usually “well you missed time here and here so you must not be hurting for money that bad. Go back to work”.
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    Do you work for the NFL and as the employee do you make more than management??

  16. Looks like the Giants did the smart thing in trading him and drafting Dexter Lawrence in his place.

  17. All I ever hear here is that Gettleman is stupid. Yeah, like a fox. Just another of his “stupid” moves that somehow makes him look smarter than the pundits I read here.

  18. one thing when we r talking about the voluntary parts of OTA’s. Many players especially multi year players a lot of times work out w their own personal trainers. Even skipping ota’s where it’s not mandatory still gets the fan in an uproar as seen I. The cases of L.bell and OBJ but again that’s totally within their rights and one of the very very few wins the Players Association actually won in their favors in the last collective bargaining agreement.
    But to be skipping mandatory workouts and getting fines which increase. everyday and for the 3 day mandatory OTA camp the only point ur making is u just lost a tiny bit under 90K for ur laziness. Even if ur not happy w current contract it’s called mandatory for a reason and ur going to start losin respect for u as a bread new teammate the rest of the guys don’t even know u.
    I’m sure Snacks thinks he is due for another monster contract instead his play on the field just doesn’t add up to his earning a new contract. 3 sacks and 5 TFL r just plain average stats for a DT who wants to be paid like an all pro but his career play has should he’s very far from becoming an all pro.
    How about u finish the huge contract u never came close to living up to in NJ and be happy that the Lions even took a chance on u.
    He got a 5 year 46.5 million dollar deal w the G-Men but never came close to living up to that contract. Dudes been in the league for now 7 years and in that 7 years he’s accumulated 9 TFL’s and 9 sacks or 1.2 sacks or 1,2 TFL a year. Those are pathetic numbers even for an inside DL who is usually there to tie up 2 offensive lineman so outside guys could rush. But to only be able to meet ur man and cross his face to get behind line of scrimmage to get RB for loss or QB for a tackle he should feel lucky he has the money he go in last contract where Giants badly overpaid him and every other defender they brought in that offseason which didn’t work at all.
    Snacks did have a good last 8 games w the lions but is nothing to hold out for or demand a new contract. The Lions gave up very very little to get him in a trade showing how the Giants valued his production.
    He is in no way played well enough for a pay raise and in honesty or complete trans parity he should agree to have his contract cut by a 1/3 and prove ur worth.
    If I was Detroit i would let him make his own bed and lie in it. Just fine him the full amount possible for every day he misses in Mandatory workouts. If he thinks his salary is low now so hit him w every fine u can until he’s got nothing left.
    Hate players who love these long term deals because of security in case of injury but get their huge signing bonus money up front and for salary cap purposes teams make it so the player get majority of the money up front and by time years 4 & ( of a 5 year contract comes up all the up front money is completely forgotten and players want to rip there contract up forgetting a his 8 mil signing bonus he made
    Dude made counting his signing bonus like 34.5 his first 3 years and his production. Never came close to living up to his pay. If he wasn’t huge w a nickname like snack w his 9 sacks and 9 TFL in 8 seasons so far shows his inability to get to the AB or her breakthrough the line and get a RB for a loss.
    He plays an average rotational piece who is only who is only know because in the offesason in which NY spent 200 million on defednsive players w the majority of the players gone and were all disappointments for money they got paid. If it want to the biggest sports market in the US and he didn’t have a nickname like Snacks whatcha the media lives to say we’d never hear of this mediocre player.
    Was a total lions move to trade even though the trade compensation was pathetically low they shouldn’t know there is a reason after giving him all that money and signing bonus money already invested they got rid of him.
    Another bonehead move by the Lions and shows another reason they r what their record says they are mediocre at best during Stafford career or same during Calvin’s carrer and going back further Barry’s carrer.
    Also who would’ve ever unless money is so much more tha Anatole else go to Det who wasted the carrer of the best RB of my generation and ten same w best WR of last 29 years. Refused after they both spent a decade of losing w a terribly run team and refused 100% to even at end of their careers trade them to a team they could actually win and go to. But we’re such jerks they reside to even consider trading them forcing their best 2 players in franchise history to walk away from a terrible clown from office and terrible team building around them as those two carried and were majority of those teams offenses.
    Even worse they took back previously paid bonus money Calvin got I. His last contract which he already played first 3 years of a 5 year deal so want as if he signed it in offseason and left they have no class as an organization front office and owner seem inept and now franchise has become pathetic again

    PLEASE take the Lions off Thanksgiving. For my entire childhood it was great ONLY because Barry was there. Calvin made it at least enjoyable but now I have 0 interest in watching every lions game and never ever search them out on NFL Season Ticket one of the most unwatchable teams. Until K.Johnson from Auburn came it was a revile team offense w 0 running game and mediocre Stamford throwing it 75-80% of time in last 3 years. Hopefully Kerryon Johnson makes them watchable again. Enjoyed watching him at Aubron but was injury probes in college hope he has a productive healthy career as I live his running style.

  19. I know this is an unpopular opinion but I do not blame the players for holding out. If you think you have the leverage to get a better deal, then go for it. The ones who usually lament the player’s taking this action are the everyday workers who comment at the end of the story. Everyone of us would storm into our boss’s office and demand a higher pay if we had the leverage to do so. But by the rules of supply and demand, we know that we cannot afford to rock that boat, therefore there is a tinge of jealousy by us when we see NFL players do it.

    Because of what NFL players go though, I have no problems at all with them seeking the most they can get.

  20. Snacks is underpaid. Sure he signed the contract. Doesn’t change the fact that he’s the best run stopping nose tackle in the NFL. Lions should extend him. Dude’s a difference maker who was reaching new highs.

    Slay is trickier – by all measures he had a down year last year. Was it a new scheme issue or the beginning of regression remains to be seen. Personally I think they’ll move on – I believe Slay is a great zone corner in a man heavy scheme. Trade very possible.

  21. Long time Lions fan here. /facepalm.

    Just when we kinda think we are maybe building something on defense two of our top defenders pull this. Part of this is related to the culture change of Patricia. Slay is one of those last year whose personality grated with the new coach. He’d probably personally love to get out of Detroit.

    We have no replacement for Slay and are already rolling the dice with castoffs and late round rookies at CB2 this year. Our safeties – for the ostmpart- are very young too.

    Snacks was one of the best in the league in stopping the run. Sure we have young guys behind him who are alright, but they dont have the same impact.

    Snacks and Slays agent know they have the Lions if Quinn and Patricia have any hope for a good season after last years disaster.

    Part of the Lions problem is that while there is some cap room right now, we have a number of players whose cap hits will rise in future years (our FA signings this year weren’t cheap!) and and long list of guys coming up who are due for natural extensions.

  22. Why do some of you (jturbo) insist on writing a book for your comment as if anyone reads the whole thing?? That was annoying to just scroll passed, imagine if I had to read it??

  23. If you want to renegotiate every 2 or 3 years then sign shorter contracts. NFL needs guaranteed contracts so players are protected and stop this insanity of signing a long term deal and wanting more money half way through.

  24. Snacks played at an all-pro level for the Lions, yet it is all of a sudden a bad trade for Detroit because he’s skipping a meaningless minicamp? C’mon now.

  25. cdace13 says:

    June 4, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Why do some of you (jturbo) insist on writing a book for your comment as if anyone reads the whole thing?? That was annoying to just scroll passed, imagine if I had to read it??

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    You didn’t add a single relevant point, and you don’t know the difference between passed and past. Great job.

  26. Detroit lions need to step up their snack game. Get better snacks and snacks Harrison will show up.

  27. cdace13 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Why do some of you (jturbo) insist on writing a book for your comment as if anyone reads the whole thing?? That was annoying to just scroll passed, imagine if I had to read it??
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    Sorry you had to be inconvenienced. You should yell upstairs and tell your mom on him.

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