Agent For Former Steelers LB James Harrison Says Not In Negotiations With Ravens Yet

Updating our report last night about former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, the Baltimore Sun reports on Wednesday that Harrison\’s agent, Bill Parise, said that he has spoken to Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome regarding his client, but that no negotiations had taken place as of yet.

“I\’ve talked to Ozzie, sure have, had a good talk about James,” Parise said, per the report. “It\’s early and we\’re not in negotiations, but we\’re having some good conversations. Baltimore would be an outstanding place for James to play because he knows the division and has that familiarity and they\’re a class organization. We\’ll see where it goes.”

The defending Super Bowl champions have lost a few key players on defense since the start of free agency as linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger have signed elsewhere, and safety Bernard Pollard has been released. With linebacker Ray Lewis also retiring, the Ravens could use some linebackers. While Harrison certainly could wind up in Baltimore eventually, it appears that numbers haven\’t even been discussed yet.

Parise has apparently also talked to six other teams in addition about Harrison, who was released by the Steelers this past Saturday after not agreeing to take a pay cut.

Parise let the media in several NFL cities know on Sunday that Harrison was interested in playing for their local team, but no serious interest from any team has been reported as of yet.

The fact that Harrison will turn 35 in May, combined with his back and knee history, might be scaring away teams early on in free agency, especially if he is looking for a salary of over $3 million a season.

For those that wonder if the Steelers would be interested in taking back Harrison, I imagine they would, but it would likely require Harrison taking a one-year deal for the minimum. It\’s still way too early, however, to speculate about that as the new league year started just over 24 hours ago.

  • untitled

    I hope the Ravens do sign him to the amount he is asking for. It means that either A. They don’t have faith in the guy they drafted with their first pick last year or B. A very expensive backup that won’t play special teams. I think the Ravens are smarter than that. Not to mention all the Raven fans that called him a dirty wife beater then would love and defend him all of a sudden.

  • zyzak

    I think James is done

  • James

    I’m hoping he comes back to Pittsburgh on the cheap as a situational pass rusher/rotation player for one more season. Worilds needs to have a chance to show what he’s got (good or bad).

  • I heard this the other day. No chance. Doesn’t make sense. That’s why they talked to him about a pay cut multiple times. “Ok James this is it. If you don’t take a pay cut then you won’t be a Steeler”. James thinks he’s got maybe four years left… First 40 year old LB… He is clueless. One and done

  • James

    Well, in his defense, most guys named James tend to be clueless. haha. You make a good point Chris. Typically the Steelers do know when to let go of a player. Not many have long-term success elsewhere.

  • SteelSpine

    Of course Harrison’s agent is talking to any teams, I think that’s one of the purposes of agents. I don’t think it means Ravens will sign or negotiate with the player. In other words it doesn’t mean squat.

  • DoctorNoah

    On the flip side, I would love to get Bernard Pollard as our depth at safety and possibly even a more roving role. He’s no Polamalu in his prime, but is a fierce tackler, fairly young and could do a lot of the things that Troy used to do… Dave – what are your thoughts on Pollard?

  • He’s a cancer… 4 teams in 4 years for a reason. That doesn’t happen to productive, relatively young players.

  • steeltown

    Looking back now.. I absolutely love what Casey Hampton did back in March of last year.. he took a straight salary reduction, over $3MIL no added years or anything and removed his workout bonus, just to play with the coaches, players and Team that he loves, the Pittsburgh Steelers

  • LucasY59

    Do they want Harrison to play ILB? Haha

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Even though I hate the Ratbirds, go ahead and sign him for a ton….between Flacco and Harrisson, they’ll be cash strapped for awhile.