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Breaking down the contract for Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison landed a contract extension last week.

Allen Park — The contract figures are in for Damon Harrison's renegotiated contract with the Detroit Lions.

The one-year extension, through the 2021 season, essentially makes Harrison's deal a three-year pact worth $27.5 million. Included in the new agreement is a $7.5 million signing bonus and $12 million in total guarantees. 

Because of the signing bonus, Harrison will earn more in 2019, while the team's cap obligations go down $2.5 million.

Previously set to earn a $6.75 million base salary this season, Harrison's base dips to $1 million and will be paired with a $250,000 workout bonus and up to $500,000 in per-game bonuses. That brings Detroit's cap hit to $4.25 million. 

In 2020, Harrison had been set to earn $9 million, but with no guarantees. Now, $3.5 million of his $8.5 million base salary is guaranteed for injury, along with the same workout and roster bonuses as the previous year. 

Harrison's 2020 cap hit rises from $9 million to $11.75 million. 

The third year is a team option, which must be exercised by the final day of the 2020 league year. If the Lions pick up the option, they'll pay Harrison an $8.5 million base salary and up to $500,000 in roster bonuses. Along with the remaining signing bonus, the cap hit in 2021 would be $11.5 million. 

If the team instead opts to part ways with the defensive tackle who will turn 33 during the 2021 season, they'd still be responsible for a $2.5 million dead money cap hit, the remaining prorated portion of the signing bonus. 


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