Bill Parise, the agent for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, was busy on Sunday letting several teams around the league know that his client was interested in playing for them. One of those teams that Parise gave a heads-up to was the New Orleans Saints, who will be switching to a 3-4 defense in 2013 under the direction of their new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune now reports on Monday that a league source has informed him that the probability of Harrison joining the Saints would be considered “a long shot.”
This news is not surprising at all based on the fact that the Saints have salary cap issues of their own. I addition to that, they already appear to have their two starting outside linebackers on their roster in the form of Junior Galette and Martez Wilson.
While Holder does say that the Saints will be looking for 3-4 outside linebackers that fit the Ryan system, you would have to think that the type of players that they are looking for will come at a much lower price than what Harrison is asking for and be willing to play special teams, something that Harrison no longer does.
In addition to the Saints, Parise has already let the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns know that Harrison would be interested in playing for them as well.