Found April 19, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:

James Harrison had a very productive career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowls with the team and went to a third. However, during this off-season the Steelers needed to clear cap space. They approached Harrison about a pay cut, but he refused and the Steelers were forced to cut ties with Harrison. Harrison has now found a new home in the NFL, but he will not be leaving the AFC North. Harrison just announced via Twitter that he has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. That means Harrison will face the Steelers twice next season as the newest member of the Bengals. Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!! — James Harrison (@jharrison9292) April 19, 2013 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 or starting job elsewhere on the open market, but he was a very cold commodity in free agency. The Bengals were the first and only team Harrison met with in free agency. There is no doubt Harrison has more football left, but revenge may be the biggest factor in him looking to join the Cincinnati Bengals. John Clayton of ESPN said that the revenge factor may be a big part of Harrison’s signing in Cincinnati after feeling betrayed by the Steelers who asked him to take a pay cut and ultimately cut him. He is unlikely to make more than what the Steelers would have offered him to stay, but as many believe pride played a role in Harrison not wanting to take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. Harrison, as is well known, was cut many times before becoming a starter in the NFL. He spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers before becoming a starter in Pittsburgh. Since playing for the Steelers he has played very well against the Ravens. That could be a revenge factor on wanting to stick it to the team that had a chance to keep the linebacker, but cut him and allowed him to return to the Steelers. With Cincinnati Harrison will now face the Steelers twice a year for as long as he plays for the Bengals. Hopefully Steelers fans won’t have to watch Harrison hit Ben Roethlisberger too many times over the next couple of years. As we all know Harrison is one of the most powerful hitters in the NFL and the last thing the Steelers need is Roethlisberger taking any big hits. 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.


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