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James Harrison | Linebacker | #92

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 5/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 242
College: Kent State
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James Harrison announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the league.
The seemingly immortal pass rusher finished up his career in New England and spent a year with the Bengals, but he will be remembered for his 14 seasons with the Steelers. Those Pittsburgh years resulted in two Super Bowl victories including his iconic 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl 43 and Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008. Harrison is the only undrafted free agent to ever win the DPoY award. He finishes his career with 84.5 regular season sacks and another 11 in the playoffs. Harrison will have a case for the Hall of Fame when he is eligible. Apr 16 - 8:11 AM

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports free agent LB James Harrison will wait until after the draft to sign.

Harrison wants to avoid a situation like the one he faced last season in Pittsburgh, where he was scarcely used before being released. He showed pretty well with the Patriots in the playoffs and still has something to offer as a rotational rusher. He should find a new team when he is ready to sign.
Apr 5 - 9:27 AM

Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports the Patriots have "been in contact" with free agent LB James Harrison about a return.

After being scarcely used in Pittsburgh early in the year, Harrison showed well in his brief stint with New England, earning 13 tackles and two sacks over 153 defensive snaps. Harrison has previously said he hopes to play into his 40s and should be amenable to playing another year in Foxboro.
Mar 13 - 3:47 PM

Patriots OLB James Harrison wants to continue his career beyond this season.

In other words, Super Bowl LII will not be Harrison's final game, at least if he has anything to say about it. "I maybe want to play a year at 40, maybe 41," said the former Defensive Player of the Year. Harrison has played well since defecting from Pittsburgh last month, recording 11 tackles and two sacks over 89 defensive snaps for New England.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 28 - 11:19 AM

Patriots signed OLB James Harrison, formerly of the Steelers.

Mothballed by the Steelers, 39-year-old Harrison arrives in New England having played all of 40 snaps this season. He did manage a sack in his brief time on the field. Although the Patriots are tied for 12th in sacks (38), their pass rush hasn't come close to matching that number. It's a unit that could really use some extra juice. Harrison is a zero-risk flier with upside who could obviously provide intel on a team the Patriots have a good chance of facing in the AFC Championship Game.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Free agent James Harrison is visiting the Patriots on Tuesday.

This was one of the risks the Steelers were running when they cut Harrison loose. It's tempting to view Harrison's visit through the typical cloak-and-dagger Patriots lens, but the visit makes sense for football reasons. The Pats have needed pass-rushing help all year. 39-year-old Harrison barely saw the field in Pittsburgh, but he's worth a flier in the Patriots' situation.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Steelers released OLB James Harrison.

Harrison has been a 2017 non-factor, playing just 29 snaps in five appearances. He was active once over the last seven weeks. Harrison's spot was needed with RT Marcus Gilbert returning from suspension. Harrison's release could allow him to resurface on a playoff team that's willing to give him a role.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Steelers declared OLB James Harrison, QB Josh Dobbs, CB Joe Haden, S Mike Mitchell, OT Matt Feiler, TE Vance McDonald, and NT Dan McCullers inactive for Week 13 against the Bengals.

Harrison is a healthy scratch and has played just 29 snaps this season with zero coming since Week 7. Haden remains out with a fibula fracture.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 07:07:00 PM

James Harrison has played just four snaps through the Steelers' first two games.

Even with some injuries to their front seven, the Steelers have kept 39-year-old Harrison glued to the sideline. "We know what James is capable of," coach Mike Tomlin said. "James will ready himself, and there will be a time in the season when we’ll call on his services, and he’ll deliver and deliver in a big way." Harrison was excellent in 2016, generating consistent heat. Right now, the Steelers would apparently rather go with their younger players. Perhaps they view Harrison as an ace in the hole, or perhaps he started to look his age in the offseason.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 02:40:00 PM

Steelers re-signed OLB James Harrison to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

The soon-to-be 39-year-old (in May) appears to have found a second wind since re-joining the Steelers in 2014 following a one-year stint with the Bengals. He has 15.5 sacks over the past three seasons and was Pro Football Focus' No. 8-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers last season. Harrison's tenacity off the edge was key in turning Pittsburgh's defense around.
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison wants a two-year contract.

Harrison's agent opened talks with the Steelers this week. He's fully expected to return after grading as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker last season. Harrison deserves a raise on the two-year, $2.75 million deal he signed in 2015.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 06:21:00 PM

The Steelers are interested in re-signing impending free agent OLB James Harrison.

Apparently the feeling is mutual. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's just "a matter of time" until the sides agree to a new contract. Going on 39, Harrison was a beast last season, grading out as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker.
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 02:07:00 PM

Steelers president Art Rooney II confirmed the team is open to re-signing free agent OLB James Harrison for 2017.

"And I think he is (too)," Rooney said of Harrison. Harrison said last week he plans to return for his age-39 season. Still stunningly effective, Harrison logged five sacks on 758 snaps in 2016, earning elite grades from Pro Football Focus. He seems all but certain to return to Pittsburgh.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 03:54:00 PM

Impending free agent OLB James Harrison intends to continue his playing career in 2017.

Harrison turns 39 in May but remains in peak physical condition. "I'm not done," Harrison said. "I feel physically fine." Harrison was nearly an every-down player the final month of the season and into the playoffs. In the regular season, he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 outside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers. The Steelers would likely want to bring him back.
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 09:22:00 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirms Steelers OLB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Harrison sat out Thursday's practice but was back for a full session on Friday. Despite the questionable tag, there was never much doubt about his status for Sunday's AFC title game in Foxboro. Look for Harrison to put plenty of heat on Tom Brady.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017 11:51:00 AM

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PosRoleName
DE1Cameron Heyward
2Stephon Tuitt
3Tyson Alualu
4Leterrius Walton
NT1Javon Hargrave
2Daniel McCullers
ILB1Vince Williams
2Jon Bostic
3Tyler Matakevich
4L.J. Fort
5Matthew Thomas
OLB1T.J. Watt
2Bud Dupree
3Anthony Chickillo
4Ola Adeniyi
CB1Joe Haden
2Artie Burns
3Mike Hilton
4Cameron Sutton
5Coty Sensabaugh
FS1Terrell Edmunds
2Sean Davis
SS1Morgan Burnett
2Marcus Allen
3Jordan Dangerfield
P1Jordan Berry