The New York Giants are making a run at defensive tackle Damon Harrison, who played for the Jets last season, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan.
The Giants expect to bring back defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul after reportedly losing out on defensive end Mario Williams, but are not done bolstering their defensive line with Harrison, who recorded 72 combined tackles, half a sack and one forced fumble last season.
Harrison has expressed interest in returning to New York, however his return could be in a different uniform if the Giants pursue him more heavily.
Harrison, aka "Snacks," was an undrafted free agent out of NAIA's William Penn for the Jets in 2012. Through a series of injuries, Harrison ended up as the team's nose tackle in 2013 as the season began and did a fantastic job at stuffing the run for the Jets from 2013 to 2015. While Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson received much of the attention, Harrison was as integral a part of the Jets success on the defensive line during that time. As a nose tackle, Harrison isn't as adept at rushing the passer, but has had some success there in limited capacities over the last three years. Harrison is best utilized as an early-down player who subs out on obvious passing downs for a situational pass-rusher.
The Giants would be getting a great player, and with some roots now in the New York area, I'm sure he'd be happy to stay in the area. While Harrison won't come cheap, he will be money well spent. With money tied up elsewhere this year, Harrison is an luxury the Jets can't afford.
The Giants need a partner on the inside for Johnathan Hankins, and Harrison would be a perfect fit. But just because the Giants are flush with cap space, don't think they'll just plunk money down on players because we say they should. However, Harrison is one of the best interior 4-3 linemen in football. He is exactly what the Giants need. Their defense is barren up the middle and he's a huge body that can solve that problem. They will make a play for him, but they won't go overboard and overpay.