Found January 05, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
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The Steelers are going to have to make some tough cap decisions once again this off-season to get themselves under the cap and in position to re-sign free agents and sign their draft class. Since the start of last off-season one name that has been considered “as good as gone” is James Harrison. By cutting Harrison the Steelers would save over $5 million in 2013 which would help them get in a better position to do what they need to do. Plenty of Steelers analysts and media outlets have already stated that Harrison is on way out of Pittsburgh. Almost a year ago I mentioned trading or cutting Harrison as a salary cap fix prior to the 2012 season due to his injury issues. A year later and there aren’t many people still on the “let’s keep Harrison” bandwagon. However, an unconfirmed source has stated that Harrison and his agent have or will approach the Steelers and discuss a pay cut. This source believes that Harrison understands the Steelers cap issues and wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh so he is willing to take a pay cut to stay around. Based on his salary cap hit for 2013 the Steelers would save over $5 million in 2013 by cutting Harrison. Therefore, if Harrison is willing to take a pay cut of the same amount it would be a win-win situation for the team. Not only would they save the money they were looking to save by cutting Harrison, but they would also get one more season out of him. Harrison battled back and knee injuries during the 2012 season and was not healthy early on, but around the mid-point of the season he really turned it on. Through the first six games Harrison played (he only played 13 games this season) he recorded 25 tackles, one tackle for a loss and one sack. In the final seven games he played, however, he recorded 45 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks. If you take those stats from his final seven games and spread it out into a sixteen game season Harrison’s stats would be: 102 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks. That would arguably be Harrison’s second best year behind 2008 when he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Basically what this shows is that Harrison still has the ability to be a very good defensive player, but his age (he’ll be 35 by the start of the 2013 season) and his salary would make him a logically option as a cap casualty. So if this source isn’t just blowing hot air (as so many do) the Steelers could get a very good value on Harrison at around $5-6 million for the 2013 season. The Steelers are also rumored to want an outside linebacker in the NFL draft this season, although it’s still very early, so if they aren’t confident in Jason Worilds, Chris Carter, or anyone else on the active roster as Harrison’s replacement it would give them a year to groom that player before throwing him into the fire. The post Unconfirmed Source: James Harrison Willing to Take a Pay Cut to Stay in Pittsburgh appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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