The Detroit Lions part with defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.
The Lions will save at least 6.75 million dollars against the salary cap with the low. Harrison had no money left under his contract, but he had a guaranteed amount of $ 3.5 million, from his base salary of $ 8.5 million, guaranteed against injury, only. the Lions will receive a dead money charge of $ 5 million upon release.
However, his absence will leave Detroit without his three best defensive tackles of 2019; A’Shawn Robinson and Mike Daniels head to free agency.RELATED
The Lions have defensive tackle / wing Da’Shawn Hand, who missed most of last season, and with the unrecruited free agent of 2019, Kevin Strong, as the best tackles on the roster at the moment.
Detroit acquired Harrison on trade on October 25, 2018, sending a fifth-round pick to the New York Giants for one of the best defenders against the NFL race. It was the first time he played for a non-New York team in his career.
After missing the spring sessions last year to care for their family, the Lions gave Harrison a contract extension for a season in August, adding a season to his agreement and turning much of his base salary into a signing bonus. of 7.5 million dollars.
By the end of the 2019 season, Harrison said he was contemplating retirement after having played despite a multitude of injuries and “I was never able to return to the way I was used to.” Harrison, who turned 31 in November, said that if he felt he could not be the player he had been in previous seasons, he would quit the sport.
Originally signed without being recruited leaving William Penn, Harrison appeared in 117 games with the New York Jets, Giants and Lions, starting 110 of them. Add 485 demolitions in his career, with 24 hits to the quarterback, 11 catches, 10 passes defended and four loose balls recovered.