He eventually got that extension. Now, the team is cutting the former All-Pro defensive tackle, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Lions are releasing DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2020
One of the top interior run-stuffers in the league for years, Harrison posted 49 total tackles last season — his lowest total since his rookie year — for a Detroit defense that was 13th in the league against the run.
By cutting Harrison, the Lions will save nearly $7 million in salary cap money.
Harrison tearfully told reporters at the end of last season that he is considering retirement this offseason, and that is reportedly still a possibility.
#Lions Damon «Snacks»Harrison tearfully said he hasn’t made decision to retire yet final «I got too much pride…so if I can’t be the player that I’m used to being I think my teammates deserve better, my family deserves better…I never cheated the game a day in my life» pic.twitter.com/Mo4FGz8AdR
— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) December 29, 2019
If this is indeed it for Harrison, it will have been an impressive career for a player who was undrafted out of the NAIA’s William Penn University in Iowa (student population: 1,050). In eight NFL seasons with the New York Jets, New York Giants and Lions, the 350-pounder did the dirty work at the line of scrimmage and still managed to top 50 tackles in six straight years.
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