Steelers Sign LB James Harrison To New Contract
The Steelers signed linebacker James Harrison to a new contract on Monday that is worth $51.175 million over the next six seasons. Harrison played his college ball at Kent State University and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season. He was going into the final year of his contract and scheduled to make only $1.4 million in 2009. The contract includes around $20 million in bonuses. Harrison began an undrafted player cut and released several times early on in his career. He had 16 sacks in 15 regular-season games last season and recorded 8½ sacks in 2007. He took over a starting job after Joey Porter left following the 2006 season and has had 199 tackles during his two seasons as a starter. The contract extension for Harrison was one of the main priorities for the Steelers during this offseason.
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