The New York Giants kept their free agency frenzy going by signing defensive tackle Damon Harrison on Wednesday . Harrison has just completed his four year stint with the New York Jets and will remain in the Big Apple, but this time with Big Blue.
The 350-pound run-stuffer is reportedly signing a five-year contract worth $46.5 million that includes $24 million guaranteed.
Harrison is a 27-year old 6-foot-4 defensive tackle that ended up as the No. 1 ranked run defender after last season by Pro Football Focus.
"Snacks" will definitely help out a Giants defense that ranked No. 24 in the league. During his second year with the Jets in 2013, he started all 16 games and finished the year with 66 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 passes defended. His next two years would follow with 59 tackles in 2014 and a career high 72 tackles in 2015.
I feel like I'm the best defensive nose tackle in football,” Harrison said earlier this year.
Yet he does have the facts to prove he is a dominant force as ever since his rookie season, he has been ranked top three for his run stopping rating as a defensive tackle. Harrison worked hard though to get this type of recognition as a free agent. Coming out of William Penn University in 2012, he ended up an undrafted free agent. Luckily he was picked up by the Jets was able to prove himself during the preseason period.
Harrison only played in five games during his rookie campaign but in one game against the Giants, he made seven tackles alone. That game and coupled with injuries to the Jets defensive line would help give Harrison a fighting chance to make an impact. Now years later as a free agent he is being targeted as one of the best defensive players available.
Now signed, Harrison can team up with Johnathan Hankins,who is also a top running defending tackle in his own right. The combination of the two could be deadly as it can also open up Hankins to have more snaps as pass rusher.
It will take time to see them together as Hankins is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in 2015. Harrison’s last season with the Jets included him playing on a one year deal worth $2.3 million. Since another top ranked defensive tackle Malik Jackson just recently signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Harrison could be the best value for an upper echelon defender.