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According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Steelers are not interested in brining back James Harrison to play outside linebacker. That decision came after Harrison made it public news that he was open to a return to the Steelers. This coming just a few weeks after the Steelers released Harrison to open up more cap space.
When the Steelers cut Harrison they were willing to let him take a pay cut that would have paid Harrison around $4 million for the 2013 season, but he was unwilling to take a cut. That forced the Steelers to cut Harrison which saved the team over $5 million in much needed cap space.
Harrison, soon to be 35, clearly expected to find more money and a starting job elsewhere on the open market, but he has been a very cold commodity in free agency. There is no doubt Harrison has more football left, but he is likely looking for decent money and a starting job and with back and knee concerns it is unlikely that any team will offer him a contract he wants.
Today Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reported via Tweeter that one of the reasons the Steelers didn’t want to bring back Harrison was worry about his attitude. No one else has reported this, but it does make some sense. Harrison was unwilling to take a pay cut originally and is likely to feel happy about being back with the team. Pittsburgh wanted to keep him at a pay cut to $4 million and he is unwilling to take it and at this point it is unlikely the Steelers would offer him anywhere near that amount.
Harrison’s replacement is expected to be Jason Worilds. Worilds is entering his fourth NFL season after being a second round pick in 2010. The Steelers are hoping for Worilds to be the next in a long line of successful right outside linebackers in Pittsburgh.
Cole’s report also brings up another point. The Steelers either have worries about Harrison’s health or attitude or they think that they have a capable replacement in line. That would have to be faith in Worils, Chris Carter, or Adrian Robinson as they are the only outside linebackers on the roster. The Steelers may also look at an outside linebacker in the first round of the draft, but the last time a rookie started on the Steelers defense was in 2001. That player was inside linebacker Kendrell Bell and it is unlikely that trend will end in 2013.
Players like Jarvis Jones of Georgia, Dion Jordan of Oregon, Barkevious Mingo of Oregon, Ezekial Ansah of BYU, and Damontre Moore of Texas A&M could be available when the Steelers make their first selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Steelers may be interested in drafting any of those players as potential replacements for Harrison.
It’s unlikely any of those five would step in as starters in year one, but they could see playing time and replace Worilds in 2014 if he doesn’t play at a level the Steelers are happy with.
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On Monday, Bill Parise, the agent for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, said that his client had not closed the door on possibly returning to the team that released him a few weeks ago. The only problem with that is the Steelers apparently have closed the door.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Tuesday that the Steelers have informed Harrison...
Earlier today it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers have told James Harrison’s agent that they don’t plan on re-signing his client.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, one of the reasons the Steelers don’t want to bring Harrison back is due to some concerns over his attitude.
Another reason Steelers won’t re-sign James Harrison is that they’re concerned his...
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette reported this morning that the Pittsburgh Steelers made it known over the weekend that they would not be renewing any interest in former Steeler James Harrison. This announcement comes on the heels of Harrison’s agent Bill Parise suggesting that Harrison would be open to coming back to the Steelers.
First of all, I’m not ready to say...
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have informed James Harrison’s agent that they will not be re-signing him.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter...
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