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Damon “Snacks” Harrison Could Complete Cowboys’ DT Makeover

Could Damon “Snacks” Harrison be the Cowboys next free agent signing?

Although subtle, the Dallas Cowboys new coaching staff under Mike McCarthy have made a few under the radar changes since taking over this offseason. One such change is their philosophy regarding the types of players they are looking for along the defensive line, as evidenced by the free agent signings of Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe.

Bringing in Gerald McCoy isn’t really out of the norm for the Dallas Cowboys. He would’ve fit in just fine in former Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli’s defensive scheme, but we can’t say the same for Dontari Poe. Marinelli seemed to have a distaste for the bigger bodied/space eating defensive tackles, but that looks to have changed under the Cowboys new DC Mike Nolan.

Mike Nolan and Jim Tomsula, the Dallas Cowboys new defensive line coach, are in charge of the transition from Marinelli’s way of thinking to their own. They’ve already started the makeover by bringing in Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, but I don’t think they should stop there. For whatever reason, Damon “Snacks” Harrison is still on the open market and his addition could complete the DT makeover.

Damon “Snacks” Harrison was a wrecking ball in the interior as a member of the New York Giants, a division rival of the Dallas Cowboys. He was named first-team All-Pro in 2016, racking up 86 combine tackles (six for a loss) and 2.5 sacks. The next two seasons he notched at least 76 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks in 10 games with the Detroit Lions after being traded in October 2018.

Damon Harrison
Free Agent DT Damon Harrison

Harrison unfortunately hit career lows in 2019. With just 49 combined tackles and two QB sacks, the Detroit Lions decided to release Snacks in a salary cap saving move to save $6.8 million. The 31-year-old DT – 32 in November – is now a free agent free to sign with any team of his choosing. That team could very well be the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite already signing a big bodied, space eating DT Dontari Poe in free agency, the Cowboys are still in need of more depth on the interior of the defensive line. As things stand right now, they have nothing behind Poe at the one-technique. That’s where Damon Harrison could factor into the equation.

Harrison is a resident of the Dallas area. He would probably love nothing more than to stay close to home and play for the Cowboys. However, in order to do so he would have to be willing to accept a backup role. For a player used to receiving the lion’s share of the workload that could be a tough pill to swallow, however, maybe not a dealbreaker.

Snacks could view joining the Cowboys as his best opportunity. He would get to stay close to home and join a team who many believe have Super Bowl aspirations. Dallas on the other hand would not only upgrade the depth at DT, but provide added insurance if anything were to happen to Dontari Poe. To me, that sounds like a win-win situation for both parties.

What do you think? Should the Cowboys sign Damon “Snacks” Harrison?

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Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. I guess it depends on Antwaun Woods. If he signs, the Cowboys will not look to add another DT. If he decides to sit out 2020, then the Cowboys would probably sign Harrison. I think they would prefer Woods and his minuscule salary at this point. Another rumor making the rounds AGAIN, is the Cowboys signing Everson Griffen. I highly doubt that will happen since the latest gossip is the Cowboys don’t want him. Personally, I would like to see them cut Tyrone Crawford and Jordan Lewis, then sign Jadaveon Clowney.

    • Have you lost your mind!? Why would you wanna see us cut one of our best corners in Jourdan Lewis?? Tyrone Crawford…. Fine…. But Jourdan Lewis….. NO!! And to sign an overrated edge rusher like Clowney!! He sucks!! He’s always injured and his whole time in the NFL he hasn’t produced more than 5 sacks in a season!! If he can’t get more than that playing with somebody like JJ Watt, he’s never gonna get more than that!! And he’s asking for way too much money!! I wouldn’t sign him for 5 million a year let alone 21 million a year!! I’d much rather sign Everson Griffen!! He will be a lot cheaper and he would perform way better than Clowney!!

    • Why in the world would you cut a highly productive (when given the chance) member of the secondary who is still on his rookie (read cheap) contract? It makes ZERO sense especially when Brown is coming off an injury and so many FAs in 2021. All for a DE who can’t stay healthy and takes plays off. WOW

  2. Crazy why they are holding on to Crawford at $8M, but pinching Dak. Cutting Crawford should be a no brainer given what they just got in the draft for the D-line. Take the $8M savings and add Everson Griffen who is better than Crawford by a mile. At this point they would likely get Griffen for less than $8M base with sack based incentives. Can’t be sentimental abt Crawford when trying to win the chip. Getting Griffen opposite Lawrence would huge and help the young secondary.

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