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Giants Officially Announce Damon Harrison Trade

October 25, 2018 - 8:49 am
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By WFAN.com

The Giants officially announced Thursday their trade sending defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

The move came a day after the Giants dealt cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for a 2019 fourth-round selection and a 2020 seventh-round pick.

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"We were presented with some deals," coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. "We made a couple trades, and we’re moving on. For the guys that play those positions, it gives them the opportunity to get more reps and show us what they can do, so I’m looking forward to seeing what our guys can do. We’re always looking for ways to improve the roster. My concern obviously is getting the team ready to play this week and beyond, but we all know there are short-term and long-term things that go on.

“We traded two players, and we’re moving on. In our mind, we’ve got some guys that we feel can step in and fill in.”

The Giants filled Harrison's roster spot by promoting former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman, a 2016 first-round draft pick, from the practice squad.

Big Blue signed Harrison as a free agent before the 2016 season, giving the former Jet a five-year, $46.25 million contract.

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In his first season with New York, Harrison registered 86 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks and was voted a first-team All-Pro. The 6-foot-3, 355-pound defensive tackle had 76 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 2017. Through seven games this season, Harrison, 29, had 31 tackles and a forced fumble.

In a message posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Harrison said his time in New York and New Jersey was special and said it was an honor to play for the Giants, which he described as "a classy and historic organization."

"During my team here I've gotten married, had my first son, learned to become a better man, and in my spare time I even managed to become a better football player," he wrote. "The things I've done professionally while here will be an afterthought in my mind compared to the people and connections I've made while here.

"I gave my absolute best every play of every game," he added. "Sorry I let you guys down. Looking forward to the next chapter in my story."

After losing to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, the Giants are 1-6. The NFL's trade deadline is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.