Damon Harrison Burns Bridges With Harsh Comments About the Lions

Jason Schandl
Damon Harrison's comments about the Lions showcase how unhappy he was in Detroit.
Damon Harrison's comments about the Lions showcase how unhappy he was in Detroit. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Detroit Lions fans probably already had some mixed feelings about Damon Harrison. He was a monster on the interior of their defensive line in 2018 after being acquired in a trade with the New York Giants. He then signed a contract extension that was set to keep him in town through 2021.

After the 2020 season, however, he wanted out and was granted his release after demanding a trade and contemplating retirement. It looks like he didn't exactly leave on good terms, either.

Harrison was not happy to be traded to the Lions in the first place, describing his reaction in a recent interview: "When I got the call that that’s where I was traded, I didn’t answer the phone for a couple hours. Bob Quinn was calling me and I didn’t pick up the phone because I was trying to figure out a way to get out of it."

He was no happier when he arrived and found out about head coach Matt Patricia's plans to use him. Saying once again, "I tried to get out of it" when he found out about the defensive scheme. He does add that he feels no ill will toward Patricia on a personal level, but it's clear Harrison was not going to thrive in Detroit, and a release seems like it was the only option.

It's hard to fault him for being unhappy — in a trade he had no say on where he was going or what kind of defense he was going to be playing in, he still came in and played at an incredibly high level in 2018.

The frustrating part for Lions fans has to be the contract extension. He knew he wasn't happy and wanted out, but he still signed an extension with the team.

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