Reports: Lions to acquire DT Harrison from Giants

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11.Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants executed their second high-profile trade in as many days Wednesday, shuffling defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick, multiple media outlets reported.

The reported trade comes on the heels of New York sending former first-round cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints. The Giants (1-6) acquired the Saints’ fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020 in that deal.

By parting ways with Harrison, New York freed up more than $8 million under the salary cap in 2019.

Lions coach Matt Patricia said on Wednesday that the team had been talking to the Giants, but would not confirm the trade because it wasn’t official.

“I know there’s a lot of information out there right now as far a potential trade between us and the Giants,” Patricia said, per ESPN. “I know a lot of that is out there but unfortunately, for myself, I’m not going to comment on any situation that is not official or is not complete.”

Harrison took to social media and released a series of tweets that indicate the deal is done.

“Goodbye New Jersey…I gave everything I had. Y’all be good,” Harrison wrote.

He added, “Much love to my teammates, the amazing staffs, coaches, and all the fans. This is my second home because of you.”

Harrison ended his series with the following: “Detroit what up????”

Regarded as one of the league’s best run-stoppers, “Snacks” should assist in the trenches immediately for a Detroit rush defense that is ranked 30th after being gouged for 139.3 yards per game — including a league-high 5.3 yards per carry. The 355-pound Harrison is also expected to aid a defensive line that has been without star pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah for the majority of the season because of a shoulder injury.

The Lions have used A’Shawn Robinson, Ricky Jean Francois and Sylvester Williams on the interior of their defensive line this season.

Harrison, 29, has recorded 31 tackles and one forced fumble in seven games this season. A Pro Bowl selection in 2016, Harrison has collected 386 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 92 career games with the Giants and New York Jets.