The Detroit Lions got Damon Harrison Sr. for a heck of a deal. It only cost them a fifth-round pick to grab him from the New York Giants midway through the 2018 season. With two more seasons remaining on his deal—and only at cap hits of $7 and $9.25 million—it seemed like a deal way too good to be true.
Well, it turns out it may end up costing the Detroit Lions a little more. According to MLive’s Kyle Meinke, Harrison has already approached the Lions about a long-term extension in Detroit. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Harrison has already changed agents this offseason.
For reference on what Harrison may be looking for, Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman signed a four-year, $42 million extension with Chicago last year. His cap hits over the next four seasons are $5.3, $10.8, $11.7 and $12.1 million.
Meinke notes that it’s unclear if the Lions are open to the idea of an extension, but we may get more information this week. Media is currently in Arizona for the owners meetings, and they typically get a chance to talk with general manager Bob Quinn.
Even if Harrison does sign a new deal with the Lions, there’s little doubt Detroit’s trade was worth it. “Snacks” immediately improved Detroit’s shaky run defense and has helped quickly transform the Lions’ defensive line from one of the weaker units in the league to one of the best. With Trey Flowers now in tow, who knows what this defensive line is capable of in 2019? It just may cost them a little more than previously thought.