Damon Harrison: Financial security is everything

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Damon Harrison skipped the Lions’ offseason program while seeking a new deal. The defensive tackle showed up for training camp but began on the non-football injury list.

Harrison, 30, signed a one-year extension two weeks ago, guaranteeing him $12 million over the next two seasons.

“I mean, I’m an older guy, so financial security is everything in this league and we were able to work something out,” Harrison said Wednesday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Harrison had 50 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in 10 games for the Lions after arriving in a trade with the Giants last October. For that, the Lions rewarded him with a $2 million raise for this season.

“I wouldn’t say it was too important,” Harrison said. “It was just something both sides needed to get done and we worked hard to get it done. And now that that’s behind us it’s just focusing on the season.”

9 responses to “Damon Harrison: Financial security is everything

  1. “He’s been griping about the money for years.” He’s also been the best run stopper in the game for years. He gets a good push up the middle on pass rushes too.

  2. “Well he will hopefully only get better here.”

    That’s how it always works with big, defensive linemen. The older they get the better they play.

  3. This guy turned lions defense (statistically) from a bottom feeder in the first half of year to top 10 in second half. He’s worth every cent. Without him they couldn’t stop the run and never put an offense behind the chains. Honestly I’m surprised he didn’t get a longer extension—-the team needs him badly he had some good leverage here.

  4. golions1 says:
    September 4, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    “He’s been griping about the money for years.” He’s also been the best run stopper in the game for years. He gets a good push up the middle on pass rushes too.

    19 5 Rate This

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    “best run stopper”?

    i don’t think so

    aaron donald and numerous others say hello. The Giants D was atrocious in recent years

  5. ……..“best run stopper”?

    i don’t think so

    aaron donald and numerous others say hello. The Giants D was atrocious in recent years……

    Actually, he was the number one DT against the run in football, period.

    Here you go, for a little education….

    6. DAMON HARRISON SR., DETROIT LIONS
    2018 OVERALL GRADE RANK: 3
    Snacks continued his reign over the NFL as the league’s top run defender across what was a 17-game season for the seven-year veteran having played seven games with the New York Giants and another 10 with the Lions post-trade. He earned a 92.0 overall grade and a 93.8 run-defense grade across his 606 defensive snaps split between the two teams, ranking third and first, respectively, among qualifiers at his position. He’s now earned an 89.9-plus overall grade and a 91.6-plus run-defense grade in four of his last five seasons in the league – utter dominance, if you will.

    From PFF’s Josh Liskiewitz:

    “Trading for Harrison before the in-season deadline proved a brilliant move for the Lions this year, and considering his consistent track record of complete dominance against the run; the move should continue to pay dividends in 2019 and beyond.”

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