Agent Says Former Steelers LB James Harrison Also Interested In Playing For The Ravens

Bill Parise, the agent for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, has been a busy man ever since his client was released on Saturday. Parise has already let the Cleveland Browns know on Sunday that Harrison would love to play for them and now the Baltimore Sun reports that Parise says Harrison is interested in joining the Baltimore Ravens as well.

“Baltimore would be a great fit for James,” Parise told the paper. “They\’re a contender and a class organization, so James would definitely be interested. I would think they would have a need with the market for (Paul) Kruger.”

Two teams down and 29 more to go. By the time the free agency signing period rolls around Tuesday evening, Parise will have likely informed every team that plays a 3-4 defense, or has played the 3-4 defense, in the last 10 years that his client is interested in playing for them.

According to the report, the Ravens have not said whether or not they reciprocate interest in Harrison. As I noted Saturday night, Baltimore is busy trying to retain their own unrestricted free agents right now and they don\’t appear to have a lot of cap space to work with. Even wide receiver Anquan Boldin is being asked to take a pay cut in order to stay.

Should the Ravens wind up losing outside linebacker Paul Kruger, which is entirely possible, Harrison perhaps could be a fallback option for General Manager Ozzie Smith, but you would have to wonder if he would want to pay more than $3 million for his services.

Harrison was signed by the Ravens early in 2004 and sent to play in NFL Europe for the Rhein Fire. He was eventually released by the Ravens and wound up back in Pittsburgh with the Steelers where he played the last nine seasons.

There is no word yet as to whether or not Parise has let the defunct Fire team know that Harrison is interested in playing for them as well.

We will keep you updated as Harrison Watch 2013 continues on.

  • JohnnyV1

    Hi I’m Bill Parise “Blah, blah, blah, blah my client would be a good fit there, blah, blah, blah” Who cares already! You just made a poor business decision for your client, and the Steelers called your bluff. Better get him signed up next week, b/c there won’t be much money around too long.

  • steeltown

    Funny… I was just gonna say, “Blah blah blah”

  • steeltown

    Love James, always have always will and I wish him well……. but… Moving On!

  • TJimmy

    Any loyalty quickly disappears when millions of dollars are at stake.

  • LouPGH

    Yeah, like I said in another thread, there are plenty of younger options at the price Harrison would like, and it appears his agent is scrambling. He should probably quit making these kinds of statements though, his client has been on the market for less than 24 hours and he’s already starting to appear desperate.

  • dgh57

    Love James, always have but when it comes to playing for the hated Ravens(or is that the hated Ratbirds) my feelings for him my move SOUTH in a hurry!!

  • mokhkw

    Gotta LOL at these agents trying to create fictional “bidding wars” for their clients – Paul Kruger’s is another who thinks there will be lots of bids for a guy who doesn’t even start – who don’t even take into consideration the salary cap situation of the team(s) they’re naming. Ravens are crippled by Flacco’s new contract – they can’t even afford to keep the only reliable WR they have – and now they’re going to get into a bidding war over Harrison? ROFL!

    BTW, here’s a list of Bill Parise’s current Football Clients:

    James Harrison
    Howard Barbieri
    Andrew Battle — Detroit Lions
    Dante Booker — Montreal (CFL)
    Jarret Bouie — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Dave Casale — Montreal CFL
    Dave Costa — Toronto (CFL)
    Dan Dierking
    Ryan D’Impeiro — Minnesota Vikings
    Kevin Ingram — LA Avengers Arena 1
    Kris Kasperak — Miami Dolphins
    Erin Krepps — BC Lions (CFL)
    Kevin Malast — Chicago Bears
    John Malecki — Tennessee Titans
    James Noel — Montreal (CFL)
    Charlie Noonan
    Jermey Phillips — St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons
    Alex Silvestro
    Carl Spitale — Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sacramento UFL
    Jason Werner

    Umm…yea. Bio says he’s being an agent since 1984. At least there’s no other Steelers as his client (and after this I’m guessing there won’t ever be).

  • SteelSpine

    Wow where to sports writers get these great scoops. Not. Offseason is so dang slow & long so that’s why I understand the many just “fillers” like this. It’s like debating which offseason trainer the deep snapper will switch to.

  • SteelSpine

    Well put!

  • steeltown

    Wow.. that list is long and uninteresting, ha!

    But, Kruger had a damn good year filling in for the injured Suggs and others and he’s only 27yrs old.. I think he’ll spark some major interest