Damon Harrison, who finished with 72 total tackles in 2015, has emerged as an elite run-stopper.
The Giants spent Monday searching far and wide for defensive line reinforcements. But now, they may be zeroing in on a player who isn’t very far away at all.
The club is now interested in Jets defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison, according to a source. Harrison, 27, established himself as a top-tier run-stuffing interior lineman over the last three seasons, but the Jets, with precious little cap space and plenty of more pressing issues, aren’t going to be able to retain him.
Enter the Giants, who desperately need to retool their defensive line. The club started that process on Tuesday, by locking up Jason Pierre-Paul for one more season, but GM Jerry Reese knows he needs more than that.
Harrison won’t offer much in the way of quarterback pressure (he has just 1.5 career sacks), but at 350 pounds, he would team with 2013 second-round pick Johnathan Hankins to give the Giants a run-stopping presence that they’ve lacked for the last several seasons.
Damon Harrison (l.), seen here with Sheldon Richardson, may be too expensive for the Jets.
The Giants’ interest in Harrison isn’t a total surprise, either, since the club also spent last offseason searching for a defensive tackle to pair with Hankins. Reese struck out in an aggressive pursuit of Dan Williams, who eventually landed with the Oakland Raiders.
The Giants continue to work hard to search for multiple defensive linemen after a season in which they managed just 23 quarterback sacks. They hosted defensive end Charles Johnson, cut by Carolina last week, over the weekend, and they’ve inquired about several other linemen since the “legal tampering” period opened.
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