Report: Former All-Pro DT Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison to visit Seahawks
The Seahawks may soon be getting some help along the defensive line, as 2016 All-Pro defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison is reportedly visiting Seattle according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former NFL All-Pro DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who openly contemplated retirement last year, has decided to play this season and is scheduled to visit next week with the Seahawks, per source. The 31-year-old Harrison also has received interest from the Bears, Packers and Bengals.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2020
Harrison, 31, contemplated retirement after 2019 and throughout the offseason, but Schefter reports that in addition to the Seahawks, Harrison is getting interest from the Bears, Packers and Bengals, but didn’t specify if he had visits scheduled with those three teams. If Harrison signed, he would be the third All-Pro on the Seahawks’ defense along with linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Jamal Adams.
Harrison’s visit is not until next week, after the Seahawks’ Week 3 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in Seattle, but if he visits, signs and is cleared cleared and able to play right away, he could make his debut in a Week 4 road contest against the Miami Dolphins or on Monday Night Football in Seattle against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5.
Defensive tackle was seen as an area lacking depth heading into the 2020 season as the Seahawks were carrying just three players at the position: starters Jarran Reed and Poona Ford and backup Bryan Mone. The Seahawks recently promoted defensive tackle Anthony Rush from the practice squad, giving the team four active defensive tackles.
An undrafted free agent out of NAIA school William Penn, Harrison started his career with the New York Jets in 2012 and played there through the 2015 campaign, after which he signed a five-year deal worth over $9 million a year with $24 million guaranteed with the New York Giants, where he earned First-Team All-Pro honors his first year in 2016. Ahead of the 2018 trade deadline, Harrison was traded to the Detroit Lions and played there until this last season, after which he was released and has been a free agent since.
Harrison stands 6-foot-3 and weighs roughly 350 pounds and has been an elite run stuffer in the NFL for a number of years now. The Seahawks surrendered nearly 5 yards per carry across the last two seasons, and Harrison could help the defense improve in that area, though currently, the Seahawks are second in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game with 69.5, but have struggled against the pass, allowing 415.5 passing yards per game.