Harrison won't attend mandatory minicamp this week, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Despite what Lions general manager Bob Quinn said earlier this offseason, it's now clear Harrison is holding out for a new contract. He played a huge role in fixing the Lions' run defense after he was traded from New York to Detroit in October, and he unexpectedly added 3.5 sacks in 10 games to bring his career total of nine. With 50 tackles (37 solo) to boot in that 10-game stretch, "Snacks" has a good argument to be compensated as one of the top interior defensive linemen in the league. The Lions do have some leverage, as the 30-year-old has two seasons left on a five-year, $46.2 million contract, with none of the remaining money guaranteed. Top cornerback Darius Slay is also holding out for a new deal.
General manager Bob Quinn said Harrison's absence from voluntary workouts is not contract-related, Nate Atkins of MLive.com reports. Harrison is entering the fourth year of the five-year deal he signed with the Giants in 2016. The William Penn product switched agents and has expressed his desire to work out a new long-term deal with Detroit, which led to speculation that his absence is related to contract negotiations. It also doesn't appear that Harrison's absence is injury-related.
Harrison is negotiating with the Lions on a new contract, Kyle Meinke of mlive.com reports. Harrison exceeded expectations in 2018 after joining the Lions via a midseason trade with the Giants, finishing the year with 81 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. After acquiring the 30-year-old, Detroit's run defense surrendered only 3.8 yards per carry (second best in the NFL) as opposed to an egregious 5.3 YPC without Harrison. Harrison has two more years remaining on his current deal with average annual guarantees of $4 million, a number that ranks seventh among 4-3 defensive tackles.
Harrison recorded two tackles during Sunday's season finale in Green Bay. Becoming just the eighth player since 1931 to play in 17 games during an NFL season -- thanks to the timing of his midseason trade from New York to Detroit -- Harrison finishes the season with 81 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble, which is quite the stat line for a 341-pound interior lineman in his age-30 season. There's perhaps no greater testament to his talent than how significant the turnaround of the Lions' run defense was after Harrison came to town; Detroit surrendered 5.3 yards per carry without Harrison versus 3.8 YPC with him. His absence from the Pro Bowl roster is consequently among the most egregious of the year outside of Colts rookie sensation Darius Leonard. Under contract for another two seasons, look for Harrison to return with a vengeance in 2019.
Harrison (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Harrison suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Bills, putting his Week 16 status in question. If the starting defensive end were unable to play against the Vikings on Sunday, A'Shawn Robinson would likely slot into the starting lineup.
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