RENTON, Wash. — Trying to bolster the inside of their line of defense, the Seattle Seahawks signed former All-Professional Damon “Snacks” Harrison to their apply squad Wednesday and he might make his debut as early as Sunday in opposition to Minnesota.
The transfer may very well be a powerful one by Seattle, which added one other choice to a defensive deal with rotation that already consists of starters Poona Ford and Jarran Reed, and backups Bryan Mone and Anthony Rush.
Seattle didn’t must clear a spot on the 53-man roster for Harrison by including him to the apply squad. The Seahawks might name up Harrison for Sunday’s matchup with the Vikings, relying on his conditioning and the way he will get by way of apply this week, coach Pete Carroll stated.
“He’s been an actual drive within the league,” Carroll stated. “He’s received an actual particular model, and he’s so large and so sturdy and stout within the center. This chance to get him now and to get him on the apply squad is to offer him some likelihood to work and prepare and be taught what we’re doing and see the place he can slot in as quickly as attainable.”
Harrison is in his ninth season and spent elements of the previous two with the Detroit Lions, the place he performed in 25 of 26 video games. He began all however one sport with the Lions after being traded from the New York Giants halfway by way of the 2018 season. His first sport with Detroit got here in Week 8 of the 2018 season in opposition to Seattle when he had seven tackles and a sack of Russell Wilson.
Harrison’s greatest season got here in 2016 when he was voted first-team All-Professional after having a career-high 86 tackles and a pair of ½ sacks for the Giants.
Now 31, Harrison received’t be requested to tackle an identical load in Seattle. The Seahawks have been at their greatest on the line of defense after they have sufficient depth for a powerful rotation and may maintain snap counts below management.
That’s the place Harrison suits. Reed has performed not less than 65% of the snaps in all 4 video games, together with 85% and 86% the primary two weeks. Ford has additionally been above 50% all 4 video games.
“He’s a participant that’s received large character and within the locker room, his angle and persona that you just add to the workforce is admittedly particular,” Carroll stated. “Every time we are able to try this we’re making an attempt to get higher and so hopefully he’ll have the ability to add in.”
Harrison was launched by the Lions in February, lower than a yr after signing him to an $11 million, one-year contract extension. He went into the 2019 season with two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the Giants.
“He’s any person that must be accounted for. He makes any linebacker’s job rather a lot simpler,” Seattle’s Bobby Wagner stated.
Including Harrison wasn’t the one transfer Seattle made Wednesday. The Seahawks picked up one other defensive finish possibility by signing Jonathan Bullard off the Arizona Cardinals apply squad. Bullard was a third-round decide of the Chicago Bears in 2016 and appeared in 46 video games over three seasons. He spent final season with Arizona, beginning six of 9 video games.
Seattle positioned defensive again and particular groups standout Neiko Thorpe on injured reserve to clear a roster spot for Bullard. Carroll stated Thorpe could have a sports activities hernia.