Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/20/14

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers high fives fans as he walks off the field following the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, even though the Steelers are way over the cap and linebacker James Harrison will cost them $6.57 million in 2013, the Steelers’ coaches still want him back this coming season. The coaching staff is counting on Harrison and Woodley for 2013. Harrison’s $6.57 million salary could be an issue as the team tries to get under the cap, but the coaches would like him back at right outside linebacker. The Steelers’ top backup, Jason Worilds, had five sacks filling in for Woodley in 2012, but the coaches are still not sure if he would be ready for a full-time job yet. Worilds’ past two offseasons were limited because of the lockout in 2011 and wrist surgery last year. Linebackers use their hands more than any position other than quarterback and Worilds was hampered by of his weak wrist. Even though Harrison will be turning 35 in May, he’s still one of their vital defensive and locker room leaders.  I think the Steelers may end up finding a way to keep him around. Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })();
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