Lions Rumors: Damon Harrison to Skip Mandatory Minicamp, Wants New Contract

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2019

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. (98) is seen during pregame of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)
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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison will skip the team's mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new contract, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, skipping mandatory minicamp could result in a fine of $88,650. Birkett noted Harrison has already missed out on a $250,000 workout bonus this offseason.

The 30-year-old lineman has two years remaining on his deal, with base salaries of $6.75 million this season and $9 million in 2020, per Spotrac.

On Saturday, Harrison cryptically tweeted "major news coming soon":

Damon Harrison Sr. @snacks

In due time all of my actions including how I ended up being traded will be explained...but for now I’ll let the speculations continue. Major news coming soon though!!

An undrafted free agent out of William Penn in 2012, Harrison spent the first four years of his career with the New York Jets before playing two-plus seasons for the New York Giants, being named first-team All-Pro in 2016.

He was traded to Detroit last October for a fifth-round pick. As Pro Football Focus noted, Matt Patricia and Co. were adding one of the league's top run-stoppers:

Pro Football Focus @PFF

In trading for Damon Harrison, the Lions have added the NFL's leader in defensive stops on the defensive interior in each of the past three seasons. https://t.co/Oq3a8t0VpV

Harrison made 10 appearances for the Lions last year, recording 50 tackles and 3.5 sacks following the midseason trade. He had 31 tackles and zero sacks in seven games for the Giants. According to Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz, Harrison led the NFL with 50 total run stops.

Pro Football Focus @PFF

Damon Harrison is in a class of his own when it comes to run defense – and Snacks takes home our annual Best Run Defender Award for the fourth year in a row. https://t.co/6dlCd1Xwnk https://t.co/jnt8TteaQN

Liskiewitz noted Detroit ranked 21st in run stops before the trade and third with Harrison.

Harrison is not the only Lions player holding out in search of a new deal. Rapoport reported cornerback Darius Slay will also skip minicamp. Slay previously addressed his situation on Twitter:

Darius Slay @_bigplayslay23

They don’t keep their words when they cut us while we in our contracts ... https://t.co/EqsDXgAJ93

Slay is owed more than $22.5 million in base salary over the next two seasons.