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James Harrison | Linebacker

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 275
College: Kent State
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Steelers re-signed OLB James Harrison to a two-year, $2.75 million contract with a $500,000 signing bonus.
Harrison had the choice between returning to the Steelers or following Dick LeBeau to the Titans. He chose the much better team and place where he'll likely be able to start on an extremely thin depth chart. The 37-year-old was surprisingly effective across 209 pass-rushing snaps last season. Harrison racked up 5.5 sacks in the final seven regular season games. Mar 22 - 1:53 PM

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The Observer-Reporter expects free agent OLB James Harrison to re-sign with the Steelers.

Harrison has standing offers from Pittsburgh and the Titans. Re-signing with the Steelers would give Harrison his best chance to start, but he hasn't ruled out playing under former DC Dick LeBeau as a situational pass rusher. 36-year-old Harrison will only require a one-year deal.
Mar 21 - 8:32 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky believes James Harrison is still an option for Tennessee.

The Titans addressed their pass rushing woes in a big way by re-signing Derrick Morgan and landing former Redskin Brian Orakpo, but Harrison could still fill a role as a situational pass rusher and insurance for the injury-prone Orakpo. With former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau now in Tennessee, the Titans remain the most likely landing spot for Harrison.
Mar 14 - 12:19 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison is open to playing for a team other than the Steelers.

He may have to if he wants to continue his playing career. The Titans offer the best fit given Harrison's ties with assistant coach Dick LeBeau. Harrison logged 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks after coming out of retirement in September.
Mar 11 - 1:44 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky believes free agent OLB James Harrison is likely headed to Tennessee.

"I think linebacker James Harrison will be part of things if [Titans assistant head coach] Dick LeBeau wants him," Kuharsky said, "and I expect he will." With Harrison turning 37 in May, it will not take much for the Titans to lure him to Tennessee. Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks and 22 hurries in 11 games last season.
Feb 28 - 12:27 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison has decided he wants to play in 2015.

Lured out of retirement by the Steelers last season, Harrison showed he still has something left in the tank. He turns 37 in May and can't expect much in the way of guaranteed money, but can help a team. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Harrison will only be willing to play for the Steelers.
Feb 22 - 8:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't expect the Steelers to re-sign free agent OLB James Harrison.

Harrison came out of retirement in Week 4 and went on to post 5.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries in just 11 games (four starts). Despite entering his age-37 season, he should draw free-agent interest. PFF graded Harrison as a top-ten 3-4 outside linebacker in 2014.
Feb 11 - 7:11 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison said he's intrigued by the idea of returning to the Steelers next season.

Harrison retired last August because no one was interested. Then injuries struck the Steelers linebacking corps and he was brought back into the fold ahead of Week 4. He proceeded to establish himself as the team's best pass rusher at age 36, recording 5.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries in 11 games. The Steelers should try to bring Harrison back cheaply.
Jan 5 - 10:42 AM

Steelers signed OLB James Harrison.

Harrison, 36, is just a couple months removed from a retirement ceremony held at the Steelers facility. Now he's back there as a player due to desperation. The Steelers lost both OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and ILB Ryan Shazier (knee) on Sunday night, thinning out an already weak defense. Harrison, however, won't be able to help much as the former All-Pro has nothing left in the tank.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Free agent OLB James Harrison plans to sign with the Steelers on Tuesday.

That was a short retirement. Harrison, 36, "retired" on August 30 simply because nobody wanted him. He has nothing left in the tank, but it's a feel good story for him to play his last snaps for the Steelers. Pittsburgh needs the help after losing Jarvis Jones to short-term I.R. on Monday. Keep expectations low.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison has retired from the NFL after 12 seasons.

Harrison's play really fell off the past couple years, but he was one of the most feared pass rushers of the past decade. A former UDFA out of Kent State, Harrison registered 66 career sacks and 29 forced fumbles. He was the heart and soul of the Steelers defenses of the late 2000s. Harrison, 36, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro. Harrison will likely ink a one-day contract with the Steelers after spending the first 11 years of his career in Pittsburgh before joining Cincinnati in 2013. He'll likely fall short of the Hall of Fame, but should land in the Steelers' Ring of Honor.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 11:13:00 AM

The Cardinals are not expected to sign free agent OLB James Harrison.

Harrison knows coach Bruce Arians from Pittsburgh and the Cardinals need linebacker help, so it's surprising the sides couldn't make this work. At age 36 now, it's conceivable that Harrison is already at the end of the line.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Free agent OLB James Harrison is visiting the Cardinals Wednesday.

Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, has garnered scant interest since the Bengals released him more than five months ago. Bruce Arians' old Pittsburgh friend doesn't have a ton left in the tank at age 36, but the Cardinals are desperate for help at both inside and outside linebacker. Harrison is still capable of being an early-down run stuffer and situational player.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 08:49:00 AM

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.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 09:19:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 11:33:00 AM