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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 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. Sep 23 - 10:06 AM

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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.
Sep 22 - 8:04 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.
Aug 30 - 11:13 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.
Aug 29 - 10:21 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.
Aug 27 - 8:49 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.
Jun 7 - 9:19 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.
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

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