The New York Jets have several key free agents on the defensive side of the ball. One of which is the blue collar Nose Tackle Damon Harrison. There are only a few players in the league that can do what he does.
He is the 0 technique in a 3-4 defense that is widely used around the league. The problem with that position is, projecting their value on the market. Nose tackles aren’t usually paid top dollar unless they can rush the QB, but more times than not that isn’t the case. Damon Harrison is 26 years old and he has proven that he is the #1 nose tackle in the league.
In 2015 he made $2.35 million dollars and when you look at the defensive tackles in the league he can expect a decent raise. Check out some of the defensive tackles in the league that play similar positions in order to get an idea on how much Harrison will make on the market. The following data is based on player contracts signed in 2015.
Harrison could be considered one dimensional, but he is the best at that one dimension. According to Pro Football Focus he is the #1 run stopping DT in the league. Damon had 49 run stops in 2015 which led all defensive tackles. He was in on 271 run snaps and he produced 54 tackles which is another category he led in.
As far as pass rush productivity, he was near the bottom of the league and that will work against him. Harrison only produced 14 total pressures (QB sacks+QB hits+QB hurries) out of 274 pass snaps, which was 24th overall from the defensive tackle position.
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