That didn\'t take long. Adam Schefter of ESPN now reports on Twitter that the Cincinnati Bengals have indeed signed former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to a two-year contract on Friday.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said earlier in the day that he had not given up on signing either Harrison or former Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby prior to the draft.
Reports earlier in the week suggested that talks had stalemated with Harrison and that a signing was not imminent.
Harrison took to Twitter after signing to express his excitement. "Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!"
Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!
— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) April 19, 2013
Harrison will get a chance to face his former team in Week 2 as the Bengals will host the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Harrison was released by the Steelers in early March. He had been scheduled to earn a $6.57 million in base salary in 2013 and reportedly refused to take a pay cut of around 30 percent to stay with the Steelers.