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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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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

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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

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.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 09:29:00 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.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 01:53:00 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