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An All-Pro NFL Defensive Lineman Has Been Traded

A picture of the New York Giants helmet on the field.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08: The helmet of Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants is seen prior to the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The fire sale is underway in New York. The Giants are officially rebuilding and the next player to go is defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison.

Harrison, a 2016 first team All-Pro and the premier run-stopping defensive tackle in the NFL, was traded this morning to the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round pick, according to reports. Harrison is the second player traded by the Giants in as many days.

Yesterday, New York dealt 2016 first-round pick Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for a 4th-round pick and a seventh-round selection in 2020.

Harrison made the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012 but quickly proved his worth as a run-stuffer. He was signed by the Giants in 2016 to a massive five-year contract worth more than $24 million guaranteed and nearly $50 million total. By moving Harrison now, the Giants will save money against next year's cap while also getting some draft compensation.

Harrison has recorded 31 tackles and a forced fumble through seven games. However, his snap count had been decreasing as he became mostly a two-down player and was occasionally replaced in passing situations.

Expect some more moves by the Giants before Tuesday's trade deadline. The team is finally acknowledging the rebuild that seemed pretty obvious to outsiders after last season.