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2020 NFL Free Agency: Should The Texans Sign Damon Harrison?

With Tim Jernigan in limbo, Harrison makes a lot of sense

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Dubbed “Snacks” by former coach Rex Ryan (who called another player “Lunch Meat”), the 6’3”, 350 lb. Damon Harrison carved a name for himself at the NFL dinner table with a career total 485 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 24 quarterback hits. He’s the sort of run-stuffer that anchors a defensive line and allows the ends and linebackers to get things done around him.

While his career took a downturn when he was traded to the Detroit Lions, a move he wasn’t a fan of by his own admission, Harrison’ is on the couch right now looking for the right team to make him the right offer.

“I was a bit angry. To be completely honest with you, I didn’t want to go to Detroit because of some things that I heard from some guys in the past and some guys who were there. So when I got the call that that’s where I was traded, I didn’t answer the phone for a couple hours. [Lions general manager] Bob Quinn was calling me and I didn’t pick up the phone because I was trying to figure out a way to get out of it. I wasn’t prepared for the season mentally. I came into camp in shape, but during the first three weeks of camp I think I kind of worked myself out of shape because I wasn’t doing anything,” Harrison said. “That was a time where, to be honest with you, we were trying to facilitate a trade. I was hell-bent on getting out of there.”

It was reported that the Texans reached a one-year deal with veteran defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan in early April, but that deal has yet to be finalized, and Jernigan allegedly hasn’t even been assigned a jersey number yet.

If the Texans have reason to back away from the Jernigan buffet, maybe they can grab Snacks and let him gobble up some opposing running backs. Having spent his formative NFL years under Rex Ryan, is Snacks plug-and-play in the Anthony Weaver defense? A former Ryan disciple and player himself, Weaver and Snacks most likely speak a common language and see things from the same perspective. Putting the 350-pounder alongside J.J. Watt might go a long way to slowing down opposing offenses and keep them from feasting on Houston’s end zone.

What do you think? Is Houston head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien done adding pieces to the playoff puzzle or is a guy like Snacks a perfect fit for the Texans’ new and improved defense?