Duron Harmon tells story of how he found out he was traded to Lions


Wednesday was quite the day for Duron Harmon.

The former Patriots safety was in the dentist chair when his phone started vibrating -- it was Bill Belichick letting him know he was being traded to the Lions.

“He starts wiggling the tooth and my phone is vibrating,” Harmon said in a Skype interview with Lions team reporter Tori Petry. “For some reason -- I don’t really even look at my phone when I’m at the dentist -- but I pulled it out and saw it was Coach Belichick. I was like, 'Alright, I’ll call him back when this guy finishes taking out my tooth.' Literally, 10 minutes go by and he calls me again.

"Right after he called me, I saw a message and he was like, ‘Call me back.’ So I finished getting my tooth taken out, jaw is puffy is ever and I called him back. We’re on the phone, we’re talking a little bit, some small talk, and he lets me know, right after I get my tooth taken out, ‘You’ve been traded to the Lions.’”

He added: “It was a lot of emotions, but at the end it was the best thing for best situations. For myself, coming (to Detroit), being able to join such a great organization to help try and lead the best way that I know how and the Patriots get some room on their salary cap.”

While it was a strange day, Harmon is looking forward to the new opportunity and reuniting with Matt Patricia, his former defensive coordinator.

“I went from worrying about my tooth to now worrying about getting ready to move, having to do this, (that),” he said. "A lot of thoughts come running into your mind, like a small headache came, and I just said, 'Sit back, process everything for a little bit and be appreciative that a team wanted me. Matty P wanted me to come and just appreciate how blessed I am to still be going into my eighth year playing in the National Football League.'”

The Patriots saved just under $4 million against the cap with the trade and after adding Adrian Phillips now have Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Terrence Brooks and Phillips in the safeties room.

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