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James Harrison | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 275
College: Kent State
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The Steelers haven't ruled out the possibility of signing free agent OLB James Harrison.
Harrison hasn't attracted any free-agent interest since being released by the Bengals. He's reportedly committed to playing this year and can provide the Steelers with veteran depth as a situational run stopper. Harrison turned 36 last month and should be open to a minimum salary contract. Jun 7 - 9:19 PM

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There's reportedly mutual interest between the Steelers and free agent OLB James Harrison.

Harrison spent the first 10 years of his career with the Steelers, getting named a first-team All-Pro twice and going to two Super Bowls (winning one). Now 36 and coming off an unproductive year with the rival Bengals, he appears open to returning cheaply. The Steelers could do worse than adding Harrison at the veteran minimum as a backup to Jarvis Jones.
Mar 19 - 11:33 AM

Free agent OLB James Harrison said he'd like to return to the Steelers.

Harrison, 36 in May, recorded just two sacks in 15 games in his one-season stop with the Bengals before being released last week. He said he has no plans to retire and wants to play "until the wheels fall off." Harrison still plays solid run defense but would be a backup to Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds in Pittsburgh.
Mar 18 - 9:29 AM

Bengals released OLB James Harrison.

The move saves $1.43 million in cap space. Harrison was due an affordable $1.1 million, but is simply out of pass-rushing gas at age 35. OLB Emmanuel Lamur will be the prime candidate to pick up Harrison's snaps. Harrison is still an asset against the run, but will likely consider retirement. The former undrafted free agent has 66 career sacks.
Mar 13 - 1:53 PM

Bengals SLB James Harrison exited Sunday's night's Week 15 game against the Steelers with a concussion.

He's been ruled out for the game. Harrison will need to pass the league's concussion protocol before returning to practice and will be in a race to get cleared for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:32:00 PM

James Harrison is making strides adjusting to the Bengals' 4-3 scheme after struggling through the first few practices.

Harrison believes too much is being made of his switch from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 SAM linebacker. "I'm playing SAM, so I'm basically doing the same thing I do in a 3-4 defense," Harrison said. "It's just that I'll switch where I'm lining up." Harrison added he'll have plenty of chances to blitz in this scheme, which is when he's most effective.
Wed, May 29, 2013 06:15:00 PM

James Harrison's two-year contract with the Bengals is worth a total of $4.45 million.

Harrison got a $1.2M signing bonus, a $100,000 workout bonus and per-game roster bonuses that could total $300,000 this season. It adds up to a maximum payout of $3 million in 2013, or $1.5 million less than he would have gotten from the Steelers if he accepted their original offer of a 30 percent pay cut. Pride didn't pay off for Harrison.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 12:15:00 PM

New Bengals SLB James Harrison downplayed his transition to a 4-3 scheme.

During his nine-year reign in Pittsburgh, Harrison was strictly a rush linebacker in their 3-4. In Cincy, he'll play the SAM spot in base packages and attack the quarterback from the edge on passing downs. "It's not really a concern," Harrison said. "Some of the defenses that we do are the same terminology. The coverages are the same its just you might switch from side to side. I'll be playing sometimes stack like a regular inside linebacker that would play a 3-4."
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 08:34:00 AM

New Bengals SLB James Harrison feels like he has "three years left" in the league, and says physically he's as "close as he's ever been" to his 2008 Defensive Player of the Year campaign.

Going on 35, Harrison has grown increasingly injury prone in recent years, missing a combined eight games the past two seasons. This, after Harrison missed just one game between 2007-10. Harrison is never returning to his 2008 form, but he can still be a formidable presence on the edge if he can stay healthy.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Bengals signed SLB James Harrison, formerly of the Steelers, to a two-year contract.

The 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, Harrison will bring pass rush to the strong-side linebacker position in Cincinnati that Marvin Lewis has long sought. Although he is 35 now with an increasingly fragile body and must play limited snaps, Harrison remains a highly effective edge presence. He racked up six sacks, two forced fumbles, and 70 tackles last season despite missing three games and large chunks of others. Cincinnati's defense is otherwise returning intact after last year's No. 6 finish. Harrison will add attitude on the second level.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 04:58:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals' contract talks with free agent James Harrison "appear to be back on again."

Translation: Harrison lowered his contract demands.'s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that negotiations had broken off, but the supposed stalemate was an obvious ploy to get Harrison to drop his price tag. Talks between Harrison and the Bengals have been cordial since his April 11 club visit. Penny-pinching owner Mike Brown simply wants Harrison at Brown's price.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 03:21:00 PM's Ian Rapoport classifies talks between the Bengals and free agent James Harrison as "broken off."

It sounds like the ball is in Harrison's court to lower his price. That's something he was unwilling to do for the Steelers, so it's far from a guarantee he'll do it for the Bengals. Harrison has no other known active suitors. The one-time most feared player in the league turns 35 on May 4.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 01:28:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals "aren't in any rush" to sign free agent James Harrison with the draft approaching, and are skeptical he can transition to a 4-3 defense.

The Bengals are apparently content to fill their need for an outside linebacker through the draft if Harrison's price isn't right. Going on 35, Harrison has spent his entire career in the Steelers' 3-4 defense. One of the league's most prideful players is going to have to swallow his pride to find a new home.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 07:56:00 PM

The Bengals and free agent James Harrison have "hit a snag" in contract talks.

According to USA Today, the sides "haven't made much progress," and a deal is "anything" but a sure thing. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter it "does not look like the numbers will work." It sounds like Harrison is still overvaluing his services after getting cut loose by the Steelers and generating extremely little interest on the open market. He'll have to accept that he's viewed as a minimum salary (plus incentives) player going on age 35 before finally signing a new contract.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 03:40:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent James Harrison could sign with the Bengals as early as Monday.

The sides are "working on a deal for (Harrison) to join the team." It's essentially what ESPN and the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Sunday. Harrison's circuitous route through free agency should be at an end.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:26:00 PM

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