Former Steelers LB James Harrison Imminent Signing With The Bengals Not So Imminent

According to the media reports on Sunday, it appeared to be imminent that former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison would be signing with the Cincinnati Bengals this week. As of Tuesday, however, that imminent signing doesn\’t look to be so imminent after all.

Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reported on Sunday that the two sides would try to complete a deal this week, reports Tuesday on Twitter, that while the two sides will continue to talk, one source indicated to him that it doesn\’t look like the numbers will work.

If you think that the Steelers can be cheap, you don\’t know the history of Bengals owner Mike Brown. We can only speculate, but it would not be surprising to learn that Harrison is being offered a very low base salary and NLTBE incentives related to sacks or playing time. Mind you, no numbers have been reported as to what Harrison is seeking and that is only a guess.

It\’s not like the Bengals don\’t have the need or the cap space, however. They lost outside linebacker Manny Lawson to the Buffalo Bills during free agency, but as of Tuesday, they have roughly $28 million in available salary cap space.

Since his release from the Steelers several weeks ago, Harrison was left at the altar by the Baltimore Ravens, who chose to sign former Denver Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil instead. The Bengals have also been reported to have interest in former Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby, but no deal has been struck yet with him either.

With the draft a little over a week away, things certainly aren\’t looking good for Harrison right now. Maybe that changes after the draft, and maybe he will need to think about lowering his asking price in addition.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Maybe we’ll sign him with a big Pay cut, after the draft.

  • Steelers already have said that they will not be bringing him back no matter what, move on it is over… He does not want to be a backup and he still has a good two – three yrs left as a starter in thi league

  • Harrison is in that pool of players that won’t sign with a team until after the draft when their demand goes up.

  • JohnnyV1

    Poor James, good luck dealing w/ Mr Brown! Tight!

  • Dan

    Boy did he screw up he should’ve taken the paycut he should fire his agent

  • zyzak

    Brown doesn’t want to spend any more than what is necessary to make a profit. Not unlike Mr Nutting

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Was just a rumor by a reporter who was desperate to be first, the reporter didnt have jack squat, but milk it for 2 articles here, & Thats been the trend.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Screw him! He’s a Steelers hater now!

  • SteelerDave

    James is a man of pride and he should be for the amazing seasons he gave to us. No matter where he ends up playing I wish him the best.

  • Richard Edlin

    What he wants isn’t relevant – it’s what the teams want and what they’re willing to pay. He doesn’t want to be a backup … but that’s the money that will be on offer to him.