Harrison And Steelers Still Not Close On New Contract

The Steelers and Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison remain far apart in negotiations, Harrison\’s agent, Bill Parise, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. For the Steelers and Harrison, this is one of those times, as the two sides remain far apart in contract negotiations, Harrison\’s agent, Bill Parise, said. “We\’re talking and meeting pretty regularly, almost daily, but we\’re having a difficult time getting to where we need to be,” Parise said. “I would say talks are progressing but not necessarily yielding the results that we would expect.” The Steelers are unlikely to have a deal in place with Harrison before the start of free agency on Friday. Length of the contract is not the primary issue as both sides have discussed a contract in the area of five to six years. But the two sides are far apart monetary wise and how it would be paid over the length of the contract. The uncertainty with the NFL collective bargaining agreement is something both sides have to work with. Currently Harrison, 30, is not due to become a free agent until 2010. “I think the Steelers are trying to get a deal done, too,” Parise said. “It\’s just right now we\’re not close.” Harrison recorded 101 tackles, 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles for the Steelers last season. He also had the longest interception return in Super Bowl history of 100 yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl 43.

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