James Harrison Plays Dodgeball While He Awaits Word From The Steelers

Steelers James Harrison Ball Buster Dodge Ball TeamAccording to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and his agent have yet to be asked to restructure his contract or take a pay cut with less than four weeks to go until the new league starts.

‚ÄúThere is nothing going on,” said Harrison\’s agent, Bill Parise, via the report by Robinson. “(If there\’s anything) it will be down the road.”

Parise had said earlier in the week that he didn\’t think Harrison should be asked to cut his $6.57 million salary.

So what is Harrison doing in the meantime? He\’s playing dodgeball. Harrison toyed with fans on his Facebook page Wednesday night when making that announcement.

“Signed a one year deal earlier today and its not with the Steelers,” Harrison posted. “I\’ll be playing with a new team starting tonight!”

The next update that Harrison posted included a picture of his Ball Busters dodgeball team jersey followed later by a picture of him with the team.

This is not the first time that we have heard of Harrison partaking in the sport either as he played last offseason as well.

As far as the salary cap situation with the Steelers goes, nothing has changed recently as no players have been released and no contract restructures have been announced. That figures to change very soon and general manager Kevin Colbert reiterated that on Wednesday to Albert Breer of NFL.com.

“We\’ve always tried to do things that made sense for the current year, but also do things that wouldn\’t strangle you financially in the future,” Colbert said. “It\’s no different this time. We\’re getting in compliance. We\’re gonna have to have some terminations, some extensions, some restructurings. Figuring out the combination of all that, that\’s what we\’re doing now. We don\’t have to be compliant until March 12, so we have some time.”

While the bulk of the yearly offseason business changes will take place soon, Colbert made it known that they don\’t plan on gutting the team.

“Last year, we let go of significant players,” Colbert said Wednesday, via the report by Breer. “This year, that may or may not be the case. We never want to be in a position where we have to gut the team. We want to compete every year. And this year, we weren\’t able to. We didn\’t get in the playoffs. And that was a failure.

“But we want to avoid being in a position where we make that one-year, all-in run, then disappear.”

This is the second time that Colbert has mentioned terminations are likely since the season ended and it would be hard not to see any made between now and the first part of March. Until the contract situation with of Harrison is resolved, he remains at the top of the list of potential terminations. We should also expect an extension or two to be announced real soon along with the restructures. It is pretty shocking that word hasn\’t leaked out on a few of them already.

Harrison can dodge a ball and we will know soon enough if he dodged a pay cut and the turk.

  • Kevin Gobleck


  • SteelersDepot

    Not sure what Eugene Mannarino suffers from. All Robinson did was quote the agent. Take the tin foil off.

  • RMSteeler

    Potential cap casualties should have a dodge ball tourney. Winner gets to stay with current contract. Losers take 50% pay cuts or go pro in dodge ball.

  • SteelSpine

    Now there’s a great analogy. Well done. Heheh.

  • steeltown

    I’m really interested, excited to see who will be getting an extension.. its not the terminations or restructurings so much that interest me we know the candidates for both of those. Its the players that will be given extensions that interest me.

    Say someone like McLendon or Dwyer.. or maybe E.Sanders or Redman could be given an extension or multi-yr contract with a low initial base salary, one that is lower than if they were tendered, which is up to $1.3Million or even over $2Million for 2nd Rd tender… the Unrestricted guys will be allowed to test the market, to see what market value is on them, but some of the restricted guys could be given multi-year extensions, in turn saving money in the immediate future

  • steeltown

    Dont blow your knee out playing dodgeball James… you just might be looking for a job

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Wonder why in that photo Harrison is trying to pose tough with his head back, its just a coed dodgeball photo. We know he’s tough, but look at the people he’s with there.

  • Clint Martin

    If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball!

    Harrison is a True Underdog!

    Dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion, and degradation.

  • Clint Martin


  • Clint Martin

    What if he threw a ball like the guy from the Volkswagen Passat commercial.
    That would be hilarious