Detroit News Lions beat writer Justin Rogers, in a recent mailbag, brings up a good point:
Speaking of disappointing seasons, the Lions have a tough decision to make with Damon Harrison after extending him last offseason. At his best, he’s one of the league’s most-dominant interior players, but after taking off the offseason program to net his extension, he was never able to reach that level this year.
Is it worth an $11.75 million cap hit to see if Harrison can reach that level again, at the age of 31, or do you take the nearly $7 million in cap space by cutting him?
It’s rather risky to pay almost $12 million to see if Harrison is going to bounce back to his 2018 form, at age 31. In fact, wouldn’t the safer bet be against that?
Seeing it laid out like this, it makes me think Harrison is likely a goner. And with the thought being that the Lions will be moving on from A’Shawn Robinson and Mike Daniels too, boy, where does that leave DT? You certainly can’t rely on Hand at this point until he proves he can stay healthy.
If you’re wondering where the Lions will be spending all that money they’ve amassed, I’ve got a hunch that a couple of DTs are going to be needed.