Former Steelers LB James Harrison To Meet With Bengals

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting on Thursday that former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is visiting with the Cincinnati Bengals.

This is the second AFC North team that Harrison has had hopes of latching on with since being released by the Steelers back in early March as he also had a visit scheduled a few weeks ago with the Baltimore Ravens just prior to them deciding to sign linebacker Elvis Dumervil instead.

Harrison was rumored last week to have five teams potentially interested in him, but this is the first visit that has been reported since that time.

The price tag on Harrison has certainly come way down by now. In fact, it would not be surprising to hear that teams are only wanting to sign the former Defensive Player of the Year for the minimum with no guarantee that he will start.

The Steelers terminated the contract of Harrison after he declined to take a pay cut. He was originally scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.57 million in 2013.

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  • steeltown

    If he plays for the minimum, instead of just taking a paycut….. .. .

  • dgh57

    That was my biggest concern with Harrison this off season if he wasn’t retained! Will he be playing somewhere else in the AFC North!! Still hoping he plays elsewhere.

  • How humbling this must be for him. James, please hang ’em up, retire a Steeler and enjoy your Family time like our beloved Farrior, Hoke, Ward and Smith have. You are a Steeler forever now.

  • dgh57

    I agree wholeheartedly!!!

  • David Edward

    I didn’t see anyone post it, but the Ravens signed Rolando McClain.

  • Pete

    The thing that annoys me a bit is that Harrison already made a good 40 mil from the Steelers. Would it have hurt him to take a reasonable pay cut (if the 30% reported was accurate)? Either his ego or a greedy agent badly misread the effects of the flat cap on the FA market. The Steelers offer has to look pretty good at this point.

    I think we’ll see him playing somewhere in 2013 because the guy still plays at an elite level. I just wish he had taken the Steelers offer and given us another year.

  • Chris Ranieri

    Hope his agent feels like a moron.

  • TsarPepe

    Yes, they are now the Raiders of the East.

  • NW86

    I think someone will still pay him $2-3 Million. If not, he will retire, I can’t see him playing for league minimum at this point.
    This is definitely sad – I can understand guys like him, who are still playing well, being irked when they’re asked to take a pay cut. They feel like they had an agreement with the team, they are keeping their end of the deal by producing on the field, and the team is reneging on its end. However, you can’t let those feelings get in the way of what is best for you going forward. You know when you sign those long-term deals that the later years are not guaranteed, and you (should) know that as an older guy, not a lot of teams are going to want to bring you in and pay you a lot of money on the hope that you will learn their system, gel with their players, and make a big impact in just one or two years.

  • steeltown

    Yes, I dont blame him for not wanting to take a paycut, it was a contractual agreement between two parties, but that doesnt mean I agree with him in not taking it… but to each his own

    I keep going back to Casey Hampton, love how that guy took a paycut and forfeited a bonus to stay and play another season with the Team he loved

  • RMSteeler

    The word is the Bengals may sign him soon. I think all the teams were waiting for his price to come down. Once a team shows some serious interest, I think there will be more interest from a couple of other teams. I want James to play again, just not in our division, unless for us.

  • LucasY59

    the reason he was asked to take a paycut was because his play was not matching his pay, he got the big deal when he was consistently getting 10+ sacks a season the last two he was not at that level. the team could not afford to pay that much $ to a player who isn’t producing (unfortunately, same thing could possibly happen to Troy unless he plays better this year)

  • LucasY59

    why are the Bengals interested? dont they run a 4-3?

  • zipposteelers

    Seems like we have a bitter ex-employee here. Another Rod Woodson syndrome..