According to Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots have agreed to swap late round picks in exchange for safety Duron Harmon.
This is a flip of late-round picks. https://t.co/aNNHwXfIgl— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
It appears the trade involves the Lions giving up one of their 2020 fifth-rounders (pick 172) while the Patriots in return give Harmon and their 2020 7th-round pick (pick 235).
Harmon, 29, was a third round pick for the Patriots back in 2013. At 6-foot-1, 206-pounds, Harmon has only missed one game in his entire seven year career. He has started 29 games with 175 total tackles, 17 interceptions, and 28 passes defensed.
Given that Tavon Wilson is also a free agent, this transaction likely means the Lions could be moving on from Wilson. Despite Harmon being considered a free safety, that still probably puts Will Harris more into Wilson’s box role.
According to Pro Football Focus, Harmon was ranked as the 25th-best of 102 qualifying safeties overall last year — a higher grade than all current Lions defensive backs.
Harmon will be a nice addition to the back end of the Lions secondary.
The former Patriots keep coming, Harmon has lined up at FS 91.5% of the time since 2015 (reg. season only)— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) March 18, 2020
Harmon has earned a 92.6 Coverage grade at FS, T-6th among S
And when he was targeted, he made a play on the ball with a forced incompletion rate of 36% (1st)#OnePride https://t.co/ebw4BMscQK
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)