Steelers Told James Harrison That They Are No Longer Interested In Him

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.

  • steeltown

    More of the same.. they HAVE TO see what Worilds can do. If he fails to impress, then either A.Robinson will be given a shot or they will spend a high draft pick at the position in 2014 (if they dont this year)

  • Untitled

    I don’t care if he is a Steeler great, he let his ego get in the way by not taking a paycut and then his ego and scumbag agent told him to go to the Ravens to try to stick it to the Steelers. Now he is literally paying the price. I must admit no one wanting him is a bit gratifying, especially since a bunch of sky is falling people acted like they were cutting a guy that was still a pro bowl caliber player. His market is as dead as a door knob.

  • TheBlitz

    I guess I wasn’t entirely wrong when I said JH will not play with the Steelers this upcoming season. I just didn’t think it would be because the FO had decided to move on when they released him!

  • hergieburbur

    I don’t hate on him and hope he finds something, but yeah, he had his chance to get way above market value and let his ego get the better of him.

  • walter mason

    Sorry to hear.

  • Jollyrob68

    I felt it was his agent trying to generate interested all along. If his contract demands come down he’ll play in NE.

  • zipposteelers

    my apprehension about letting him walk..he will have his revenge game on the Steelers..Big mistake letting him go. he will be a brownie or a patriot, probably end up with N.E. and worilds will be on injured reserve and the pass rush will never materialize and gay will be shredded by any decent QB. all the while the rats picked up Dumervil and Steelers pick up Noone worth starting..

  • TsarPepe

    Come on, people, show some class! Players like Harrison don’t come along very often. He will always be remembered as one of the Steeler greats. His performances agains Baltimore alone can assure that. I can never accuse a player for not wanting to take a pay cut. This is what a contract means: a team agrees to pay X amount of money to a player for Y number of years. I hate the fact that teams have the right to make up their minds in the middle of a contract and ask for a pay cut. When James was playing way above his initial contract, did someone from the FO come to him and say: “You are playing about 6mln better than what we are paying you. Here is a check for the difference.”?

  • Dan

    We don’t really know how much of a paycut he was asked to take and of course a man of his accomplishment will have pride, which could naturally get in the way of accurately assessing his own market value. To me it wouldn’t be a shock if he signs on with somebody and has a 10+ sack season. But it also wouldn’t be a shock if he gets hurt and goes on IR in preseason. This market is not shaping up to be a good one for the 35+ crew, so we’ll have to see what happens.
    That all being said, it’s perfectly reasonable for the Steelers to have made the decision to move on, but I think it’s in extremely poor taste for it to be published that the “Steelers have no interest” in him. It may be true, but it sounds rude to be published.

  • steeltown

    You do remember the pass rush was nonexistent last season WITH Harrison, right?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Once you make the move to let Harrison go you can’t retract…its shows the player(in this case Worlids) and the other teams that we do not have the right guy at OLB. Not a message we want to send.

  • SteelSpine

    In Bouchette I trust.

  • Untitled

    The fact that him and his agent tried going to the Ravens to stick it to the Steelers tells me his ego was bigger than the Steelers. He thought he was worth more than he really is and now he got burned. I can’t say I feel bad for the guy, it isn’t like he has an upstanding personality to begin with. There are more important things than football after all.

    Why is it rude anyway? For reporting the truth?

  • Bill Parise is an idiot.