Defensive lineman Damon Harrison is changing uniforms but not cities. After four seasons with the New York Jets, the man they call “Snacks” has agreed in principle to a deal with the New York Giants.
I’m told DL Damon Harrison has earned and agreed in principle to a five-year, $46.25M deal with the #Giants. Massive get for the G-Men.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2016
It’s a big boy contract for ex-jets DT Damon Harrison and the Giants. $24M guaranteed/$9M per year. Giants aren’t messing around
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2016
Harrison, who racked up a career-high 72 tackles last season, was named Pro Football Focus‘ best run defender in 2015. The 350-pound behemoth played nose tackle on a talented defensive line that included Pro Bowlers Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. The Jets had the second-best run defense in the NFL a year ago, holding opponents to less than 84 yards rushing per game.
Harrison will join a Giants defensive unit that allowed the ninth-most rushing yards last season and 15 scores on the ground. Harrison will play alongside two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, who is returning to the Giants on a one-year deal.