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Detroit Lions release defensive tackle Damon Harrison

Damon Harrison, Lions

The Detroit Lions have released defensive lineman Damon Harrison, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Harrison was set to earn $8.5 million in 2020 salary, $3.5 million of which was going to become guaranteed in March.

The 31-year-old is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 15 games and registered 49 tackles, a couple of sacks, and three passes defended.

Harrison, who played his collegiate football at William Penn, went undrafted but eventually landed with the New York Jets in 2012.

After barely playing during his rookie campaign, Harrison took on a much larger role in 2013, appearing in every contest and posting 66 tackles and a sack.

He proceeded to start every game for the Jets from 2013 through 2015, and after three impressive seasons with Gang Green, Harrison signed a lucrative multi-year deal with the New York Giants in March 2016.

The Lake Charles, La. native went on to have the best year of his career in 2016, participating in every game and racking up 86 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The following year, Harrison finished with 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception, and midway through the 2018 campaign, the Giants traded him to the Lions for a fifth-round draft pick.

In 17 games between Big Blue and Detroit in 2018 (Harrison didn’t have a bye week that year), he recorded 81 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a couple of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The Lions went just 3-12-1 this past season and have made just three playoff appearances since 2000. Going back even further, Detroit has not wont a postseason game since the 1991-92 campaign.