Report: Lions release DT Damon 'Snacks' Harrison six months after signing him to extension

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison was already considering retirement after a down year. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Damon "Snacks" Harrison was already considering retirement after a down year. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Damon “Snacks” Harrison held out of OTAs and minicamps during last year’s offseason to get a contract extension from the Detroit Lions.

He eventually got that extension. Now, the team is cutting the former All-Pro defensive tackle, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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One of the top interior run-stuffers in the league for years, Harrison posted 49 total tackles last season — his lowest total since his rookie year — for a Detroit defense that was 13th in the league against the run.

By cutting Harrison, the Lions will save nearly $7 million in salary cap money.

Harrison tearfully told reporters at the end of last season that he is considering retirement this offseason, and that is reportedly still a possibility.

If this is indeed it for Harrison, it will have been an impressive career for a player who was undrafted out of the NAIA’s William Penn University in Iowa (student population: 1,050). In eight NFL seasons with the New York Jets, New York Giants and Lions, the 350-pounder did the dirty work at the line of scrimmage and still managed to top 50 tackles in six straight years.

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