Former New England Patriots RB Damien Harris has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, much to the dismay of NFL fans.
Harris was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2019. The veteran running back amassed 2,094 yards, and 20 touchdowns in his four seasons with the team. The 26-year-old started his career incredibly, albeit he had to struggle with hamstring and thigh injuries leading him to appear in only 10 games in 2020, and 11 games in 2022.
Harris broke out in 2021 by setting records for 929 rushing yards, and 15 touchdowns, paving the way for the Patriots to the Playoffs.
Damien Harris headed for the Bills leaving the Patriots
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills reached an agreement with ex-patriots running back Damien Harris on an unclosed one-year deal.
Former Patriots’ RB Damien Harris reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2023
Harris also celebrated the contract with an instant tweet.
LETS GO BUFFALO ❤️💙 #BillsMafia
— Damien Harris (@DHx34) March 21, 2023
So far, Harris’ Patriots supporters appeared dissatisfied with the deal. NBA Twitter users are inundated with conflicting emotions.
A person expressed regret for not being able to support Harris since he is now on the opposition side, however, wished good success for the champion, remarking that Harris must be triggered by the Patriots team as they couldn’t value him appropriately.
Damn. Harris must really be feeling angry from how he got done by pats. Still wish they traded him pre week 6 last year To get value. This one stings. Can't root for him as hard scause he's on the bills but still love him. He's an amazing guy.
— LuLu 's You | E-Girl (@OmegaLulu2sleep) March 21, 2023
A fan hurt by the news jokingly remarked that it wouldn’t affect him if he couldn’t read the tweet or news.
If I can’t read this it can’t hurt me pic.twitter.com/faRaROTQE2
— Alejandro Proskauer 🇵🇷 (@AProskauer) March 20, 2023
An admirer was saddened to see him going up against the division opponents, yet she did wish him luck.
Hate to see him go to a division rival but man was great in New England. Best of luck @DHx34
— Patriots Optimist (@PatsOptimist) March 20, 2023
A satirical tweet from a fan indicated that the Bills opted to replace Singletary with Harrison since Harrison was frequently exposing them.
Bills got tired of getting exposed by this man, so they used him as a replacement for singletary
— Jalen The No. 1 Qb (@CHRISTO37918317) March 21, 2023
However, many fans praised the Bills for making the good move and welcomed Harrison to his new destination.
First good move outta Beane all off season.
— Chris Moss (@TheMossageKing) March 20, 2023
Good move for Harris and Buffalo. He’s the type of running back they need, Harris just needs to stay healthy.
— Derek Gray (@DerekGray93) March 20, 2023
Harris will join a talented group of running backs in Buffalo, replacing Devin Singletary as he signed a one-year contract with the Houston Texas. It remains to be seen whether Harris will fit into the Bills’ offensive system, yet many are optimistic about his potential impact on the team. As for the Patriots, they will now have to depend on the new starting running back James Robinson.
While some Patriots fans may be disappointed to see Harris go to a division rival, others are wishing him the best of luck in his new home. It remains to be seen how Harris will perform in Buffalo, but one thing is for sure: the rivalry between the Patriots and Bills just got a little more intense.
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