Based on his recent social media activity, the odds of Damien Harris re-signing with the Patriots this offseason appear slim.
The New England running back on Wednesday retweeted a message from cornerback Darius Slay seemingly criticizing the Patriots’ culture.
Slay was responding to former Lions teammate Quandre Diggs, who’d tweeted that Raiders coach Josh McDaniels trading tight end Darren Waller two weeks after his wedding — and accidentally leaking news of the wedding to reporters — was an example of the “Patriot Way.”
“Im trying to tell ya lol but hey people thought I was tripping an didn?t like being coach(ed)!” Slay wrote in the quote-tweet that Harris shared.
Slay and Diggs were teammates together in Detroit, where both played under Matt Patricia. The veteran defensive backs have been publicly critical of Patricia, who bookended his ugly 2 1/2-year tenure as Lions head coach with two stints as a Patriots assistant.
Harris would have reason to be displeased with Patricia, as well, after the latter torpedoed New England’s offense this past season. But Slay’s and Diggs’ tweets took aim at the Patriots as a franchise. Chances are Harris wouldn’t have promoted that sentiment if he planned on sticking around.
A free agent for the first time in his career, Harris rushed for 17 touchdowns for the Patriots in 2021 but battled injuries in 2022, missing six games and parts of three others. The Alabama product finished with 462 rushing yards and three touchdowns as teammate Rhamondre Stevenson established himself as New England’s No. 1 back.
Stevenson’s emergence made it unlikely the Patriots would re-sign Harris unless he was willing to accept a modest contract and a backup role. He’s still a productive player when healthy and should find work elsewhere.