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One of the most prolific defensive players in Pittsburgh Steelers history is with the franchise no more.
The Steelers announced Saturday that outside linebacker James Harrison was released.
The move came after Pittsburgh's front office was unable to reach agreement with Harrison on a restructured contract. Harrison was set to earn $6.57 million in 2013 and the Steelers are struggling with salary cap issues.
"James has been an integral part of our success during his years in Pittsburgh and helped us win two Lombardi Trophies during that time," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a team-released statement. "We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him the best."
Harrison expressed similar sentiment on his Twitter account (@jharrison9292) when writing, "It's been a great run but all good things must come to (an) end. Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you!"
Signed as an undrafted college free agent in 2002, Harrison blossomed into the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 after posting a franchise-record 16 sacks. He was an All-Pro selection in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and a key part of the Steelers teams that won Super Bowls XL and XLIII. Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII against Arizona remains a Super Bowl record.
Harrison, though, is now 35 years old and is coming off a six-sack season marred by injury. Jason Worilds, who is entering his fourth NFL season with the Steelers, is the frontrunner to replace Harrison in the starting lineup.
Harrison should find an interested suitor on a free-agent market that is thin for 3-4 outside linebackers with good pass-rush skills.
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Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports on Thursday that talks between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Parise, the agent for linebacker James Harrison, are currently at an impasse concerning his contract.
The Steelers are obviously wanting Harrison to take a cut in his $6.57 million salary this season, but it appears that is something the linebacker isn't interested...
Bill Parise, the agent for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, has been a busy man ever since his client was released on Saturday. Parise has already let the Cleveland Browns know on Sunday that Harrison would love to play for them and now the Baltimore Sun reports that Parise says Harrison is interested in joining the Baltimore Ravens as well.
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Free agency 2013 is about to get underway at midnight, as teams are allowed to begin visiting with players. Techinically, nobody who is eligible for free agency can be signed until March 12, but there will be a ton of information being passed around over the next several days until ink and paper can meet. The only news happening now surrounds teams trying to create more room with...
The Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to cut James Harrison yesterday. Just like last off-season and many before it the Steelers had to make a tough decision in terms of creating cap space. Harrison is nearly 35 and battled with back and knee injuries during the 2012 season. Even so, the Steelers were hoping to keep Harrison around for at least one more year, but the two sides could...
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers and linebacker James Harrison may soon part ways, since they’ve hit an impasse regarding his contract. Negotiations between the Steelers and the agent for James Harrison continue but neither side has found anything to their liking on a new deal and the chance has increased that the star linebacker could be released...
It is starting to appear as if the outright release of linebacker James Harrison by the Pittsburgh Steelers is pending. The Steelers are negotiating with Harrison’s agent while trying to sign Harrison to a new deal but the team has no intention of paying the controversial linebacker the nearly $14 million his current deal is valued at for the next two seasons.
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Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have reached an impasse in regarding to restructuring OLB James Harrison‘s contract.
Bouchette adds that ”the chance has increased that the star linebacker could be released soon.”
Harrison, 34, has two years remaining on his contract with base salaries of $6.57 million and $7.575 million respectively...
Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have released linebacker James Harrison it will be up to fourth-year linebacker Jason Worilds to fill his shoes at the right outside linebacker position. Those shoes are large ones at that.
Pro Football Focus recently posted about the future of Harrison following his Saturday release and they highlighted his strengths and weaknesses moving forward...
The Pittsburgh Steelers had to release James Harrison due to the fact that they could not agree on a new deal. Harrison who has been a vocal leader for the Steelers defense ends his tenure in Pittsburgh. The five time Pro Bowler tweeted out, “It’s been a great run but all good things must come to a end. Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!”
There have been talks between...
It appears James Harrison has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The outside linebacker tweeted Its been a great run but all good things must come to a end. Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all! on Saturday morning. Harrison and the Steelers were having trouble agreeing to a pay cut, according to USA Today.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com confirmed the news...