Sure the big news in the NFL this weekend is the trade between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams, with the Lions sending quarterback Matthew Stafford to the West Coast in exchange for multiple future first-round picks, a third round pick and quarterback Jared Goff. But the other 30 NFL teams are still making moves, including the New York Giants.
The Giants made a signing to address the interior of their offensive line on Sunday, adding center Jonotthan Harrison to the roster on a one-year deal. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network announced the move on social media:
The #Giants signed center Jonotthan Harrison to a 1-year worth $2M, source said. A rare futures deal for over the minimum.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2021
The New York Post reported that Harrison’s deal is worth at least $990,000 with a maximum of $2 million with incentives.
Watching Harrison on film from the 2019 campaign you see an experienced center who is aware of stunts and twists along the interior of the offensive line, and who is always looking for work in pass protection when left uncovered. He could stand to utilize his lower-body strength more, as he gave up some pressures on Sam Darnold to power moves and bull rushes.
Harrison spent the 2019 campaign on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad, but the terms of this deal indicate that the Giants plan to rely on him as their primary option behind center Nick Gates. The organization has committed to Gates as the starter in the middle, but Harrison gives them a veteran presence on the inside for the next season.