James Harrison New Contract With Bengals Totals Out At $4.45 Million Max

The details of the contract signed by former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison with the Cincinnati Bengals are in and the two-year deal maxes out at $4.45 million and included a $1.2 million signing bonus.

The former Defensive Player of the Year will earn base salaries in 2013 and 2014 of $1.4 million and $1.1 million respectively and the deal also includes roster bonuses of $300,000 in the first year and $250,000 in year two, per an agent. Part of those bonuses are believed to be based on games played, so some of it is likely to be deemed NLTBE.

In addition to roster bonuses, Harrison can also pocket $100,000 in workout bonuses in each of the two years.

On the surface, Harrison stands to make $3 million in 2013. That\’s what I would boil this deal down to and he very likely walked away from a little more that when he refused to take a pay cut with the Steelers.

Harrison was originally set to earn $6.57 million in 2013 in Pittsburgh and was reportedly asked to take a 30 percent reduction in pay.

  • Different scheme and a little less money…I hope James takes his agent in the back room and treats him like he did that Browns Fan a few years back.

  • steeltown


    Yea, Im done commenting on this issue.. it’s pretty sad, all around

  • Yeah, me too. Bring on the Draft right?

  • SteelerFanInMD

    The way the contract is structured, it looks to me like James will likely retire after playing one year for the Bengals. He will skip the second year because the pay is only $1.45M.

  • steeltown

    Yep, he’s a Bengal now… dust in the wind..

    Bring On The Draft!

  • …or how he treats his girlfriend. …or how his dog treats humans.

  • When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

  • Stop sounding like a bitter little kid. If he was still a steeler you wouldnt be saying that. He made a dumb decision of not signing so let him live with that.

  • JohnnyV1

    Yeah, as I noted previously, Mr Brown doesn’t give it away in Cincy, he’s tight. Good luck to James Harrison, he will be back to retire as a Steeler next offseason.

  • Nolrog

    FYI, if he was set to earn 6.57 in 2013 and the Steelers asked him to take a 30% cut, that means he would have earned about 4.6 million this year from the Steelers or more than he’ll get for 2 years with the Bengals.

  • mghjr88

    The story of James Harrison becoming Brenda Johnson.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    That 30% number is an unconfirmed rumor. The cut could have been much larger.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    4-12 Is that you playing with Elmo? Interesting!

  • Shut-up, fool! I never said I don’t like James Harrison as a player. I actually wish the Steelers resigned him. I was making a joke, chump. My fav player is Big Ben, but there’s no doubt in my mind he’s a pompous scumbag abusive womanizer in real life. Nice picture of you and the accused child abuser, lol!