On Monday, Bill Parise, the agent for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, said that his client had not closed the door on possibly returning to the team that released him a few weeks ago. The only problem with that is the Steelers apparently have closed the door.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Tuesday that the Steelers have informed Harrison that they no longer are interested in him playing for them in 2013.
This news is not surprising, and if you listened to the latest episode of the podcast, you know our extended thoughts on this. The Steelers have to move forward with Jason Worilds, their second-round pick from 2010. They think that he is capable of taking over on the right side, and they are not looking back at this point.
Once they moved on with their decision to release Harrison, there is no going back. I\’m not even sure if I believe the reports stating that they wanted to give Harrison a pay cut of only 30 percent in order for him to stay. I bet it was more, much more.
So now we can lay all the speculations to rest. If Harrison is to play football in 2013, it won\’t be with the Steelers.