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Quinn Says Absence Of Damon Harrison From Offseason Workouts Not Contract Related

"I'm sure we'll see him here soon."

April 27, 2019 - 8:09 pm
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There's been a notable absence in Allen Park through the first two weeks of the Lions' offseason training program: Damon Harrison. 

Coincidentally or not, Harrison is reportedly seeking a contract extension

The star nose tackle has two years left on his current deal with cap hits of $7 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020. 

Lions general manager Bob Quinn downplayed the situation when he addressed the media Saturday upon the conclusion of the NFL Draft. 

"Offseason program is voluntary," Quinn said. "We have different guys in different stages and different things in their lives, just like we have every year. Damon hasn't been here the past couple of weeks, but we've communicated with him and talked to him multiple times. I'm sure we'll see him here soon." 

Is Harrison's absence contract-related?

"Nah," said Quinn. "He's just got other things going on." 

It's no surprise Harrison is said to be looking for a payday. He completely transformed the Lions' defense upon arriving via trade last season. 

Detroit went from allowing the third most rushing yards in the NFL to the 10th least. There were multiple factors in that turnaround, but the acquisition of Harrison was by far the biggest one. 

In 10 games with the Lions, Harrison produced 30 run stops and 3.5 sacks. He finished the year as the third best interior defender in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Asked last month about the possibility of extending Harrison, Quinn, who was then preparing for the draft, said the Lions would probably look into it in May or June.