Snacks Happy For Financial Security After New Deal: 'I'm An Older Guy'

"I wanted to be here for the foreseeable future," he said.

Will Burchfield
September 04, 2019 - 7:06 pm

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When first asked about it, Damon Harrison downplayed the extension he signed with the Lions toward the end of training camp. 

How important was it to get a deal done?

"I wouldn’t say it was too important," Harrison said Wednesday. "It was just something both sides needed to get done, and we worked hard to get it done. Now that it’s behind us, it’s just focusing on the season." 

Of course, Harrison sat out OTAs and minicamp for a reason. He wanted more money, and he ultimately got it in the form of a one-year, $11.25 million deal that includes an $8.5 million team option for 2021 when Harrison will be 32 years old. 

His previous deal ran through 2020 and paid him an average of $9.25 million per year -- and just $6.75 million in base salary in 2019. 

Asked again, Harrison acknowledged his age was the main reason he wanted to secure a new deal. 

"I mean, I’m an older guy. Financial security is everything in this league, so we were able to work something out," he said. 

It's good news for the Lions, who benefited greatly from Harrison's arrival via trade last season. The star nose tackle almost single-handedly transformed their run defense. The Lions finished as a top-10 defense overall. 

It's good news for Harrison, too, who feels at home with his new team. 

"The guys in the locker room and the coaches we have on the staff are some really great guys and some really great coaches, so it was a situation where I felt comfortable and I wanted to be here for the foreseeable future," he said. 

Detroit's defense could be even better this year, with a full season of Harrison and the additions of Trey Flowers and Mike Daniels. It's a loaded defensive line, and Harrison expects things to gel quickly. 

"It doesn’t take long at all," Harrison said. "A lot of it starts with the communication in the classroom, talking to each other to see exactly how we like to play certain plays or understand what his favorite rush is and how he likes to do it. Just going out on the practice field and executing." 

While Flowers (shoulder) and Da'Shawn Hand (elbow) have been limited at practice this week, the D-line should have all hands on deck for Sunday's season opener at Arizona. If Harrison continues his dominance inside, he'll be worth every penny of his new deal.