There’s nothing wrong with being upset about James Harrison being released. There’s nothing wrong with being upset about him not taking less money to stay with the Steelers either. The decision the Pittsburgh Steelers made this past weekend is not one that fans will simply say “ho-hum” to and go on with their day.
Harrison made himself into a Steelers legend and one that probably deserved a better fate but football in the professional sense is a business today more than ever before and sometimes fans struggle with that.
What I have no problem struggling with is the decision Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin made this weekend. By releasing Harrison, the Steelers will save $5.1 million dollars against the salary cap. This will now allow them to meet the league’s rule of being under the cap of $123 million by Tuesday.
With Harrison unwilling to take a pay-cut, the Steelers’ hand was forced.
Harrison’s numbers have dropped significantly over the last three seasons especially as it pertains ...