Damon “Snacks” Harrison – DT
Whenever the topic of free agency is brought up among Vikings fans during the last few months, this is the dude that many keep hoping the team will sign.
Damon Harrison is a massive defensive tackle (6-foot-3, 350 pounds) who spent the 2019 season with the Detroit Lions. Before that, he had stints with the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Harrison is 31-years-old and there have been some rumors that he’s considered retiring from the NFL. A few days ago, however, it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the veteran defensive tackle will be meeting with the Seattle Seahawks about a possible role with their team.
If Harrison doesn’t end up signing with the Seahawks, Minnesota should be next in line to give him a call. The Vikings were planning on Michael Pierce being the guy to clog up the middle of their defensive line, but he opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. Without Pierce or Linval Joseph out on the field this year, Minnesota’s interior defensive line hasn’t been very effective when stopping the run or generating pressure.
During each of their last two games, the Vikings have allowed an opposing running back to rush for at least 100 yards. In their 16 matchups last season, Minnesota only allowed five running backs to accomplish this feat.
Harrison has never been known to be a great pass rusher, but he’s been excellent at stopping the run during the majority of his career in the NFL. If the Vikings can convince him to sign a one-year deal (so that no feathers are ruffled with Pierce), then they need to get him in the building as quickly as possible.