BREAKING: Bills Sign Former Patriots RB Damien Harris
The Buffalo Bills are signing RB Damien Harris to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Harris spent his first four seasons in New England after the Patriots selected the Alabama product with their third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
It marks the second time today that the Bills signed a skill position player away from a division rival. (They signed WR Trent Sherfield from the Dolphins earlier Monday afternoon.) Harris joins a running back room that moved to feature James Cook towards the end of last season.
Harris has shredded the Bills in recent matchups. Given all too close a look at his prowess several times, it’s no wonder they moved to sign him.
Per Ari Meirov, the deal has a base value of only $1.7M. Check back for more information.
What Damien Harris Brings To Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills’ RB room was in dire need of a power back, and they got one in Damien Harris. At 5’10”, 215 lbs, Harris is smaller than a typical power back, but runs larger than his frame and is a proven threat in short-yardage situations. Especially after the loss of Devin Singletary to the Houston Texans earlier today, the Bills needed to diversify the position.
The RB room contained two speedy receiving backs in Cook and Nyheim Hines. Harris is a nose-to-the-grind hitter who can battle through contact. Barring any further moves, he’ll likely split carries with Cook and Hines, considering the running-back-by-committee approach that the Bills offense has typically gone with over the last five years.
Harris is no stranger to the end zone, as he scored 15 TDs on over 1,000 scrimmage yards in 2021. The 2022 season saw him take a step back; he was still efficient, however, putting up 4.4 yards/carry with 462 yards and three TDs on half the touches of his prior season.
We’re extremely familiar with how capable Damien Harris really is, and excited to see him do his dastardly deeds for the right team. Welcome to Buffalo, Damien.
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