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Lions Rumors: DT Damon Harrison Signs 1-Year, $11M Contract Extension

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2019

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr., is seen during pregame of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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After a successful first season with the team, Damon Harrison has signed a one-year, $11 million extension with the Detroit Lions, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. 

The defensive tackle is owed $9 million in base salary for 2019 with a $250,000 workout bonus, per Spotrac, but his new deal both keeps him under contract through 2020 while adding $12 million in guaranteed salary.

Detroit acquired the 30-year-old last October in a trade with the New York Giants, and "Snacks" instantly became a key piece of the defense. The undrafted free agent out of William Penn appeared in 10 games with his new team (nine starts), totaling 50 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

The trade also kept him from getting a bye week, causing him to play 17 games after totaling 16 in each of the previous five seasons.

His durability likely made it easier for the Lions to commit guaranteed money for the 6'3", 353-pounder. 

Meanwhile, Harrison has been a difference-maker on the field, as Field Yates of ESPN noted:

Field Yates @FieldYates

NFL leader in tackles by an interior DL over the past four seasons: 2018: Snacks Harrison, 81 2017: Snacks Harrison, 76 2016: Snacks Harrison, 86 2015: Snacks Harrison, 72 Best run stuffer in the league. https://t.co/OpymXq5GaR

The Louisiana native was named first-team All-Pro in 2016 and remains valuable in defending the run. The Lions allowed 26.3 points per game over the first six games last season, but that number dropped to 20.2 points once Harrison was in the lineup.

The latest extension will help Detroit solidify the defense for at least the next two years.