The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to ask veteran
linebacker James Harrison to accept a reduction in pay by reworking his
contract in order to remain with the team. If they’re ultimately forced to cut
ties with Harrison, there are some in the organization that won’t be happy, as
the Steelers’ coaching staff wants the front office to retain the former
Defensive Player of the Year, according to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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
The Steelers are a veteran-laden team and, as such, they are up against the cap entering the offseason. Veterans such as Ben Roethlisberger
and Troy Polamalu are expected to renegotiate their contracts in order to help
the team sign others.
Harrison is also likely to be approached about such a deal,
but his agent has said that the linebacker isn’t interested in taking a pay cut in 2013.
The Steelers are currently $14 million over the salary cap.
They could save $5.1 million by cutting Harrison, but they’re likely to try to
reduce the hit by reworking the 35-year-old’s contract first. If they’re unable
to reach an agreement, more than just Pittsburgh’s fans will be disappointed.
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