Detroit Lions sign Damon Harrison to 1-year contract extension
The Detroit Lions made good by their top defensive tackle Wednesday, signing Damon Harrison to a one-year contract extension that includes $12 million guaranteed.
Harrison, who was due to make $6.75 million this fall, skipped offseason workouts in a contract dispute but reported last month for the start of training camp.
The Lions activated Harrison from the non-football injury list last week, but Harrison has yet to make his preseason debut.
It's unclear if he'll play in Friday's third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
Acquired in a trade with the New York Giants in October, Harrison was a key player on a Lions defense that finished 10th against the run last season.
He made 50 tackles in 10 games with the Lions, had a career-high 3.5 sacks, and the Lions gave up 57 fewer yards rushing per game with Harrison in the lineup than they did in the first six weeks without him.
While full details of Harrison's new contract are not yet available, a person familiar with the deal told the Free Press that Harrison's extension is worth $11 million total. Along with this year's salary of $6.75 million, he was due to make $9 million in 2020 on the contract he signed with the Giants in 2016.
Harrison, who turns 31 this fall, is the second player to sign a short-term extension with the Lions this summer.
Joe Dahl signed a two-year extension that included $2.57 million guaranteed earlier this month. Dahl is competing for the starting left guard job with Kenny Wiggins.
Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay also skipped offseason workouts in hopes of landing a new deal, but so far the Lions and Slay have not found common ground on a new contract.
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