The New York Giants are in the middle of what looks like an expensive free-agent rebuild of a defense that was woeful in 2015, and massive run-stuffing defensive tackle Damon Harrison will be part of it. A published report indicates that Harrison, formerly of the New York Jets, will sign a multi-year deal with the Giants.
The initial report was a three-year, $27 million deal.
It's a big boy contract for ex-jets DT Damon Harrison and the Giants. $24M guaranteed/$9M per year. Giants aren't messing around— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2016
Rand Getlin of NFL Network, however, is reporting that the deal is MUCH larger than that.
I’m told DL Damon Harrison has earned and agreed in principle to a five-year, $46.25M deal with the #Giants. Massive get for the G-Men.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2016
Harrison’s deal is worth $9.25M per year with $24M guaranteed and $30M over the first three years. Fantastic deal for a fantastic player.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2016
A massive deal for a massive man who could change the nature of the Giants' run defense.
Harrison, 27, is a 6-foot-4, 350-pound run-stuffer who has been a starter for the Jets the past three seasons, playing mostly on run downs. The Giants would likely pair Harrison with Johnathan Hankins, perhaps using third-year player Jay Bromley in passing situations.
In Damon Harrison the Giants have added PFF's top-graded run defender among interior linemen last year pic.twitter.com/OobqWpkd4y— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 9, 2016
We broke down what Harrison could bring to the Giants earlier on Wednesday.
The Giants have re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul and added cornerback Janoris Jenkins already. They are also said to be in the mix for defensive end Olivier Vernon.
The Giants, as anticipated, are being aggressive in trying to upgrade their woeful defense. Do you like what you have heard thus far, Giants fans?