Source: Bills give ex-Pats RB Harris a 1-year deal
Former New England Patriots running back Damien Harris reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Harris, who turned 26 in February, was supplanted by Rhamondre Stevenson as the Patriots’ No. 1 running back in 2022. He was also limited by a thigh injury that sidelined him for six games.
As a result, he played just 22% of the offensive snaps, compared to 66% for Stevenson. That was a big change from 2021, when Harris played 36% of the offensive snaps and Stevenson totaled 25%.
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Harris entered the NFL in 2019 as a third-round pick out of Alabama. He has played in 38 regular-season games (34 starts), all with the Patriots, totaling 449 rushes for 2,094 yards — averaging 4.7 yards per carry — and 20 touchdowns. He added 40 receptions for 281 yards.
Harris expressed his desire to return to the Patriots after the team’s season-ending loss to Buffalo.
“If they want to have me, I’d love to be back,” Harris said. “But at the end of the day, I know this is a business. The organization is going to do what they feel is best for them and I have to do what I feel is best for me.”
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.