It did not take long for former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to find a new home after being released heading into the final week of the regular season. The Packers claimed Harrison off waivers after the Seahawks granted the veteran defensive lineman’s wish for his release.
“According to the transaction wire, former #Seahawks DL Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison was claimed by the Packers,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter.
Prior to the news of the Packers’ claim, Harrison noted on Twitter that he is “not doing the waiver thing” even though he wanted to continue playing. ESPN’s Brady Henderson reported that Harrison informed the Packers that he will report to Green Bay despite his earlier tweet.
“However, in response to a tweet that suggested he might actually play for the Packers given that they’re a Super Bowl team and one that was on his list of teams he planned to meet with before he signed with Seattle earlier this season, Harrison responded with a one-word tweet that read: ‘Bingo,'” Henderson explained. “A source told ESPN that Harrison assured the Packers he would report to and play for Green Bay.
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Carroll on Snack’s Future: ‘He Has Decided to Stop Playing’
This is the latest twist in a story that has had many turns since NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Harrison requested to be released after being inactive against the Rams in Week 16. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll noted that Harrison is “done playing” making it sound as if the lineman would not suit up again this season.
“He has decided to stop playing,” Carroll told ESPN 710 Seattle, per Seahawks.com. “He’s done playing. I talked to him this morning, he’s in good spirits and all of that, he’s really grateful for the opportunity playing here and he did really well by us, but he’s done. I don’t know what will happen with any other club, but I know he’s got a big family, he’s got a bunch of kids—he’s got seven kids to corral and take care of, and it’s a very trying time and challenging, so he’s just trying to get them back home and safe. It was awesome to have him around. We loved him, and I’m sorry to see him go, but we’ve got to keep going.”
It is a confusing end to Harrison’s short tenure with the Seahawks as Seattle is also one of the best teams in the NFC. Unless Green Bay is assuring Harrison of significant snaps, it is a perplexing decision by the defensive tackle.
‘Snacks’ on Asking for His Release: ‘The Team Is Investing in Their Future as They Should’
Harrison did not seem angry with the Seahawks but still wanted to be released. The tension appeared to arise after the Seahawks activated Bryan Mone causing Harrison to likely slide down the depth chart. Harrison noted on Twitter that he did not want to take snaps away from younger players but indicated he still had a desire to play.
“I just want to play…period,” Harrison said on Twitter. “Don’t care about stats, snaps, etc. I’m a football player and I just want to play. There’s no bad blood at all. I understand the business side. …Before I sit around and try to take snaps from a young guy who deserves to be out there playing I’d rather leave. There’s a lot of snakes in the NFL but I’m not one of them.”
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported the Packers were one of the teams linked to Harrison prior to his decision to join the Seahawks. The defensive tackle originally chose to head to the Pacific Northwest over Green Bay.
“The Packers have claimed DT Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison off waivers from the Seahawks, according to the NFL transaction wire,” Demovsky detailed. “They were interested in him before he signed with Seattle earlier this season, and now they get him better late than never. Could be a big boost for their run defense in the playoffs.”