An unquestioned first-round draft pick bust, Harris stands as the best free agent signing by the Lions last offseason. On a one-year, $1.75 million deal, he led the team with 7.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss.
Harris has probably made himself a lot of money with his breakout season. He has seemed interested in coming back to Detroit, and staying with a regime that saw him as a fit and gave him a chance.
The big question with Harris is if 2021 was a breakthrough or an anomaly. His previous four seasons (6.5 total sacks) scream anomaly, but combining pass rush win rate with double team rate (through Week 17) a chart from Seth Walder of ESPN Analytics rated Harris highly.
Harris will have multiple offers out there in free agency, and some nice ones based on the importance of and premium placed on pass rushers. But the chances the Lions re-sign him feels pretty good, and a competitive offer to come back should come–failure to bring him back won’t be becaue the Lions chose to be stingy.
5 potential landing spots for Harris: Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos