On Wednesday morning, news broke that the Detroit Lions had agreed to trade a fifth-round pick to the New York Giants for defensive lineman Damon Harrison.
Though the Lions organization would not confirm the trade on Wednesday, that is exactly what they did this morning, though they said “future, undisclosed draft pick” when referring to the pick sent to New York.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 25, 2018
In order to make room for Harrison on the 53-man roster, the Lions were forced to release a player. That player is defensive tackle, Sylvester Williams.
Via Detroit Lions:
Harrison comes to Detroit after spending the past three seasons (2016-18) with the Giants where he appeared in 39 games (39 starts) during that time. In seven starts with the Giants earlier this season, he recorded 31 tackles and a forced fumble. During his stint with the Giants, Harrison earned First-Team All-Pro honors following his 2016 season that included 86 tackles (55 solo), 2.5 sacks, six tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble.
An undrafted free agent out of William Penn in 2012, Harrison began his NFL career with the New York Jets. Currently in his seventh season, Harrison’s 87 consecutive games started are the second-most among all active defensive tackles. His career totals include 386 tackles (226 solo), 5.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles in 92 career games (87 starts).
Grading the Detroit Lions’ trade for DL Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison
There is nothing better than waking up to a blockbuster trade that involves your favorite team.
That’s exactly what happened on Wednesday morning when I woke up to a tweet from Ian Rappoport reporting that the Detroit Lions the New York Giants for DL Damon Harrison.
So, how should Lions GM Bob Quinn be graded on this trade?
Let me begin by saying that I have never been more confident in handing out a grade than I am now. (Well, giving the Teez Tabor draft pick an F was pretty solid too)
By acquiring Harrison, Quinn was able to solidify the Lions’ biggest weakness, stopping the run. Harrison, who many refer to as “Snacks,” has led the NFL in run stops in each of the past three seasons and through Week 7 of this season, he is No. 2 in the league in that category.
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