Report: LB James Harrison Turned Down 30% Pay Cut From Steelers

I will pass this along to you, but I don\’t believe an ounce of it. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports on Saturday that the Pittsburgh Steelers offered linebacker James Harrison a roughly 30 percent cut to his $6.57 million base salary with an opportunity to earn the money back via incentives prior to releasing him.

A 30% reduction equates to only $1.971 million and I have a hard time believing that the Steelers only wanted that low of pay cut from Harrison. That would have equated to a base salary in 2013 of $4.599 million.

Regardless of what the incentives were, which by the way would have had to have been NLTBE (Not Likely To Be Earned), that little bit of savings would have been about $1.5 million less than what the Steelers needed Harrison to earn in 2013. Keep in mind that $1.971 million would have been the cap savings as well.

Will Harrison find a team that will pay him more than $4.6 million a season now? Personally, I will be surprised if he does, but good for him if he is able to.

The cap economics tell you that the Steelers needed Harrison to take a pay cut of $3 million at the minimum. I also guarantee that if any incentives were offered to Harrison in addition to cutting his salary, that they would have been very tough for him to obtain. That\’s why they are called NLTBE.

  • SteelerDave

    Thank you James for your service to the team and community. You will be missed.

  • SteelSpine

    Seems like half the sports writers have nothing but feel the need to compete so they pull BS outta their arse, just to get quoted. Until Harrison’s agent or Harrison or someone quoting either of those 2 says how much the offer was, could be just another writer playing the odds & writing it. Wait til Harrison or his agent tells the amount.

  • dave

    If this report is true, you would have to assume his agent
    already has a rough idea of what James is worth in the free agent market and he
    is pretty confident he can get more than the Steelers offered.

  • Pete

    It’s nice to know he didn’t outright reject any pay cut as previously reported. Too bad they couldn’t come to an agreement but I’m sure Harrison is going to be productive somewhere. I just hope it’s not with the Ravens!

    Good luck James! You were the best OLB the Steelers have seen in a long time. Well worthy of calling yourself a true Steelers LB in a tradition of great linebackers. You fit in perfectly. I’ll miss you.

  • Richard Edlin

    Even if we take the article as true, there’s nothing in there that suggests he was willing to take a pay cut of any size. I suspect he’s taken a few too many hits and still thinks he’s worth his originally designated salary.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I agree if that were the case I can’t see them hangling for days about a 30 percent pay cut which if Harrison took that would have still paid him over 4 mill

  • Pete

    “”We could not get together financially at all,” said Bill Parise,
    Harrison’s agent who lives in Beaver County. “We certainly had agreed to
    take a paycut but apparently there was a difference in how much of a
    paycut we would take and how we would take it.”

    It’s all over the web on all the sports sites that cover the NFL dude. Read before you post and look silly.

  • Guest

    well, after the Steelers idiotically brought back William Gay for $4.5 million, what the Steelers NEEDED to do was go directly to big fat IR-riding holding-penalty-machine Willie Colon and tell his sorry fat ass to take a pay cut, then immediately afterward, tell Lamarr Superstar to take a paycut. That needed to happen BEFORE they approached Harrison. I don’t blame Deebo one bit for not taking a paycut.

  • Jack

    My theory on the Florio numbers is that Harrison was asked to reduce his cap number by 30% and that he rejected that. That would be basically exactly $3M. Florio and others took that to mean a 30% reduction to his base salary and thus only $1.97M and not the $3M that you have outlined makes sense.

  • mokhkw

    Sad day to see the end of No.92, the best ROLB we’ve had since the free agency era & the 3-4 – and that includes Greg Lloyd.

    If he gets a multi-year deal over $3mil a year I’ll be shocked…but then again you see guys like Cliff Avril who turned down a 3yr/$30mil deal last season & expects to get more in FA……..

    Whoever replaces deebo – Worilds, Robinson or Carter – will be unfairly compared to Harrison as it’s unlikely we’ll ever get another player like No.92 again.

    Somehow I have more confidence in Harrison being able to play a full season in 2013 and 2014 than I have in Troy playing a full season again.

  • Richard Edlin

    I can look silly regardless but I’m probably not the only one, right?

    If you’re referring to a different article, then it’s probably a good idea to post a link; otherwise, you could just be making it up.