The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the verge of cutting linebacker
James Harrison, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports. Pittsburgh and
Harrison continue to have issues coming to an agreement on a pay cut, and
Garafolo notes it is becoming increasingly likely the team releases the
The Steelers are attempting to get under the salary cap, and
they’ve asked several veteran players – including quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger – to restructure their contracts in order to help them do so.
Harrison has said he’d be willing to restructure his current
deal, but he is not interested in taking a pay cut for the 2013 season. The
linebacker is set to receive a $6.57 million base salary next year.
Harrison will turn 35 by the start of next season, and while
he’s still a solid player he’s clearly in decline. For this reason, and due to
his unwillingness to budget on his 2013 compensation, the Steelers are expected
to part ways with him if they’re unable to make progress prior to the start of
the new league year, which is Tuesday.
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