Steelers LB James Harrison The Illusionist?

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn\’t seem to be too worked up about his contract situation with just a handful of days to go before the start of the new league. Instead of worrying about that, Harrison is trying to become the next David Blaine.

Harrison posted a video Friday on Facebook of himself trying to perform a magic trick that consisted of him making a quarter have two tails sides. The trick, as you will see in the video below, did not go so well. An illusionist is he is not.

So what else has Harrison been doing while his agent Bill Parise tries to get his future with the Steelers sorted out? He has been busy on Twitter giving away a ton of autographed memorabilia for starters. He also is apparently started his off-season training program out in Arizona once again.

Parise is trying his best to avoid a pay cut for his client. He would rather the Steelers restructure Harrison\’s contract instead, but doing that would push even more potential dead money into 2014.

Should Harrison not agree to a pay cut he would more than likely be released by Monday. That\’s right, the Steelers would effectively make over $5 million magically disappear from their 2013 salary cap by doing so. That\’s no illusion, that\’s math.

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  • Patrick J Brophy

    Adios James. I had a bad feeling when he started posting signed items on Facebook and Twitter for free. Less to move to AZ.

  • steeltown

    Man.. between now and monday there is going to be some moving and shaking

  • James will be performing a disappearing act if he thinks the Steelers will blink.

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  • Amuzon12

    Ha! That video was a hoot! He IS better than David Blaine… making me laugh! With just a little more practice and a high-resolution camera (so we “can” actually see the date on that quarter!) who knows… But what I do know is that what ever happens with James, he’s been a great Steeler! He’s poured his heart and soul into this team, and he will be missed.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Ha! The closest trick Steelers would do is
    Saw his contract in half.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    F i n a l l y. The way Colbert talked at end if season, thought there would have been some house cleaning by now. But nothing. Like this is some 16-0 team where have to keep everyone.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    As Michael said (above) I will be sad to see him go. And, unlike some others, I think Harrison has another very good year in him, if healthy. But if Harrison getting cut means we are able to re-sign Lewis, we have to cut him.

    Polamalu-Clark-Taylor-Lewis-Allen is an awesome secondary. Woodley-Foote-Timmons-Worilds is a solid LB core. Heyward-Hood-McClendon/Ta’Amu is a young strong DL. If all of those guys stay healthy we are a top 5 defense.

    Our offense on the other hand…

  • Ha! yeah they will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to get Harrison AND all of the Tenders done.

  • RMSteeler

    The teams that are way under cap might be able to assemble an on-paper, imposing “dream team” by signing some top notch free agents. After the first few days there’s going to be a lot of mid to lower tier FA’s calling their teams back to see if their last offer is still good! HaHa!

  • LucasY59

    Too bad Harrison is more into illusion than reality (I’m a little sad to see him get cut) If he thinks he will make more somewhere else than he is dillusional (no one will pay more than 2-3 mil for a 35 yr old that has hasnt had a good year statistically or medically for 3 yrs) the Steelers are giving him just as much (or more) than he will make on the free market.
    one of the other problems is the Agents they always think their player is worth way more than they really are. they tell their players that it is better to be cut or hold out all offseason.