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Damon Harrison | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 350
College: William Penn
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Giants agreed to terms with NT Damon Harrison, formerly of the Jets, on a five-year, $46.25 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.
It's a big get for a Giants defense that couldn't stop the run last year. They'll now be able to line up "Snacks" Harrison (6'3/339) next to Johnathan Hankins (6'3/320) in an effort to fix those woes. Harrison, 27, finished last season as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall run-stopping defensive tackle. Harrison's price is awfully steep for a two-down player, of course. The Giants still need outside pass rush in a major way. Wed, Mar 9, 2016 02:57:00 PM

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NJ Advance Media reports the Giants are "on the verge" of signing free agent NT Damon Harrison.

The deal is reportedly going to be worth $8-$9 million per year. That would be huge money for what amounts to a two-down run stuffer, but the Giants are clearly serious about upgrading their defense. The deal would easily put him in the top 10 among 4-3 tackles.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 02:49:00 PM

NJ Advance Media reports the Giants are interested in free agent NT Damon Harrison.

Despite re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul on a one-year deal, the Giants are correctly looking for more talent upgrades along their defensive front. Harrison is a two-down run stuffer who would help improve a defense which gave up 4.4 yards per carry last season. The Titans are reportedly the "leaders" to sign Harrison, but the Giants have the cap space to be competitive.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Titans are the early "leaders" to land free agent NT Damon Harrison.

The Jets would ideally like to retain "Snacks," but Cole reports his asking price is currently too steep for Gang Green, which is one of the few NFL teams short on salary cap space this offseason. At 6-foot-3 and 339 pounds, Harrison would take over as the Titans' two-down nose tackle in Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said free agent NT Damon Harrison could be franchise tagged.

Harrison would only be a candidate if DE Muhammad Wilkerson signs an extension. One of the top run stoppers in the league, Harrison will be in demand if he hits the market. Tagging Harrison would cost the Jets $13.4 million, which is obviously out of the question for a one-dimensional two-down nose tackle.
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 04:11:00 PM

The Washington Post expects the Redskins to have interest in free agent NT Damon Harrison.

With Terrance Knighton not expected back, the Redskins are a potential landing spot for Harrison. Harrison is the top run stopper available and would upgrade a defensive line that allowed 4.8 YPC last year. Free agent Ian Williams could also be a fit for Washington.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 07:02:00 PM

Free agent NT Damon Harrison said "all hopes" point to him re-signing with the Jets.

"I just really want to be a part of something special, and I think we should be able to get something done," Harrison said. "If not, I understand it's a business, and they'll do what's best for them on the business side, as will I. But all hopes point to me coming back here, which I definitely want to do." Harrison went on to say that he's "not a money-hungry type of player," suggesting he may not chase the fattest pay check. The Jets have said they want Harrison back.
Tue, Feb 16, 2016 10:41:00 PM

The New York Daily News expects it to be "tough" for the Jets to re-sign free agent NT Damon Harrison.

The Jets have to find a way to retain LE Muhammad Wilkerson, while RE Sheldon Richardson is entering a contract year. Although Jets coach Todd Bowles has been open about his hopes of retaining Harrison, the two-down run stuffer could get overpaid if he hits the free agent market.
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 10:09:00 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reports impending free agent NT Damon Harrison is likely looking for "at least" $5 million annually on a new contract.

The Jets reportedly value re-signing Harrison as highly as keeping RE Muhammad Wilkerson, who is also scheduled for free agency. Harrison "believes he's the best 3-4 nose tackle in the league" and wants to be paid like it. Vince Wilfork and Terrance Knighton made $4.45 million annually in 2015 as the league's highest-paid pure 3-4 nose tackles. "Big Snacks" should best that.
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 10:11:00 AM

The Jets want to re-sign impending free agent NT Damon Harrison.

"Snacks" quietly had a monster season, playing 577 snaps and grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 overall defensive tackle as he started all 16 games. It's obvious why the Jets want to keep him, but with the Jets set to give Muhammad Wilkerson franchise tag money for what's soon to be an extremely pricey defensive line, Harrison could slip through the cracks.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 10:24:00 PM

Jets re-signed restricted free agent NT Damon Harrison to a one-year, $2.356 million contract.

"Big Snacks" wasn't going anywhere with the Jets using the second-round tender on him. He'll return to anchor new coach Todd Bowles' defensive line. Harrison, 26, was PFF's No. 3 defensive tackle against the run last season.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 12:55:00 PM

Jets extended restricted free agent NT Damon Harrison a second-round tender.

S Jaiquawn Jarrett has been tendered at the original-round (second) level. Harrison's tender comes with a $2.356 million price tag. ESPN New York had considered Harrison a candidate for a first-round tender, but Gang Green is apparently confident no one will be willing to surrender a day-one pick for the run stopper. Harrison is an integral part of the Jets' ground defense.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 07:38:00 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes New York will use a first-round tender on restricted free agent NT Damon Harrison.

The first-round tender will be worth at least $3.1 million. Harrison started every game for the Jets last season, grading out as a top-15 interior defensive lineman according to Pro Football Focus. One of the best run stuffers in the game, the Jets should seriously consider locking up Harrison with a longer-term deal.
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 01:13:00 PM

ESPN New York thinks Kenrick Ellis may have been "Wally Pipp-ed" by Damon Harrison for the Jets' starting nose tackle job.

Ellis has only appeared in one preseason game due to a back injury, while second-year Harrison has flourished. Harrison made six "stops" in last week's dress rehearsal. He's a mammoth of a man at 6-foot-4, 350. Ellis is no slouch at 6-foot-5, 330. The Jets are going to have a strong front line with either Ellis or Harrison being book-ended by Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 01:26:00 PM

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