After nearly a full 24 hours of hype, the Detroit Lions finally announced that they have traded for Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. Though they did not confirm the trade terms, it is believed that the report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter is accurate; It only cost the Lions a fifth-round pick to acquire the All Pro talent.
There’s a good chance Harrison is already in Detroit and could practice on Thursday, giving him an opportunity to play in this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. That would be very fortunate timing for the Lions’ struggling run defense, as the Seahawks run the ball at a higher percentage of plays than anyone else in the league. The Lions currently rank 32nd in yards per carry allowed, 30th in rushing yards allowed and rank 30th in run defense DVOA.
To make room for “Snacks,” the Lions released defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. The Lions signed Williams to a significant one-year, $3.5 million contract this offseason. Unfortunately for Detroit, Williams didn’t seem to catch on and saw his role significantly decrease week by week. The Lions don’t clear out any cap room by releasing Williams, as his salary was fully guaranteed.
Harrison will take over the spot left by Williams. The fact that the Lions released Williams is probably a good sign that they expect Harrison to play this week.