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Bengals Release LB James Harrison After Just One Season


According to Thursday tweet by linebacker James Harrison, he thinks his time as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals is about to be over after just one season in the Queen City.

After not agreeing to take a pay cut last offseason, Harrison was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers and ultimately signed a two-year, $4.45 million contract with the Bengals. That deal included a $1.2 million signing bonus and in his one season in Cincinnati, Harrison played all of 409 snaps including the one playoff game. He registered just 30 total tackles to go along with two sacks and an interception.

With Harrison about to turn 36 years of age, there’s not likely to be much interest in him from other teams.

The Bengals have finnally announced that Harrison has indeed been released.

 

 

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  • Ken

    James was a great player, he should have never been a Bengal but that was his choosing..

  • Addison

    Now we can come back and retire as a steeler… After a 1 day contract

  • T R

    can he play DE, isnt that what Cinci tried to transform him into… hell him and Kiesel in that middle for a year. :)

  • afrazier9

    bring him back 1yr min

  • afrazier9

    he can help with depth

  • afrazier9

    he could also bring some nasty out of jarvi him and joey will have the youngster on kill

  • Brendon Glad

    He will always be one of my all-time favorites. Performance, intensity, violence, production…clutch plays… And he gets extra bonus points for how he destroyed the Ravens pretty much every time he saw them….and spoke out against the “evaluation system” of what is a “dirty hit”. Take away the comments about Ben and mendy (which I think made mendy a mental basketcase about fumbling from there forward)…and I’d call JH about as perfect of a Steeler as I could hope for. Best wishes, and much love from here.

  • Ray

    no

  • Brendon Glad

    You will probably catch heat for that comment, but I’m with you…nothing to lose, if he takes the minimum…if he can’t hack it in camp, then that will probably be his last stop, and everyone will be at peace. I think he has football left…I saw him make a couple huge plays for Cincy in his limited duty.

  • 20Stoney

    I really think he’s done. But then again, he’s probably better than what we have currently..

  • srdan

    As long as he is expected to play 180-200 snaps I think you are onto something.

  • Steve

    James was not very smart leaving for less money and getting the boot after a year. IMO Don’t see him coming back.

  • Brendon Glad

    Not in a 3-4 base D…but he wouldn’t be an every down player anyway. So on 3rd down could he put his hand in the ground?…In a 3 or 4 man nickel package? Possibly.

  • T R

    no what. can you eloborate., LOL LOL

  • Steve

    James had 2 back surgeries, his clock was ticking. He used a lot of money rehabbing to play. He still lives in Pittsburgh and that is why he went to Cincy, to be close to his family. He was a true Family man.

  • Steve

    My sediments exactly. Enjoyed when he would knock the ball out of the QB hands and running back the TD in the SB. Never went to the White house after winning the SB, wanted to be with his family.

  • Brendon Glad

    He probably regrets it…but he did pick the team who went farther. So if winning was a goal, it was the smarter move…but yeah, I think he probably wishes he had done what other Steelers like Bettis, Hines, Hampton, Smith, and now Troy P. Ike, Heath, and others have done…ie.. Swallow the pride and bring down the average salary for the sake and purity of the uninterrupted Steeler-Nation-send-off.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah why not? I mean, who would you rather have on the roster, and almost retired James Harrison, or a completely useless Chris Carter lol?

  • DB84

    His offseason routine alone would be a great influence on Jones and he could certainly help on some passing downs. Might be worth bringing to camp at least on a vet minimum if he would take that

  • Steve

    James was not a nasty nor mean player. He was tough and strong. He was less than 6 feet but had legs like tree stumps.

  • Steve

    Thats Porters job.

  • srdan

    Off season routine is porters job?

  • dkoy85

    It’s called being a mentor- coaches aren’t the only ones who teach.

  • DB84

    I agree. But if the Steelers think he can play and he would take a non-guaranteed contract, he could be of some use and provide depth.. Worst case scenario he gets cut in camp and retires a Steeler. Key is if they still think he can play.

  • DB84

    Also…seeing a fellow player doing an offseason routine is a lot more motivating than being told what to do by a coach. In my line of work I am far more motivated watching the habits of other successful people rather than being told by my manager what is a best practice. Just my opinion though.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, his “strip-sacking” ability showed a notable “willpower”…because we all know that his temperment was begging him to just drive that QB into the ground as hard as he could…and he would do THAT too…but when we NEEDED the BALL….he was going “strip-sack” all the way. Showed me excellent football IQ when he’d do that. Love him. Personally, I’d take him back in a heartbeat if the draft and FA doesn’t fall well for our depth. For example…if Jason Worilds gets signed to a 5/50 type of deal…I’m sucking it up, letting him walk, drafting some OLB’s, and calling JH. Even though Woodley and JW have proven to be LOLB’s on their best days, and JH has been ROLB on his best days…because we don’t have enough info to know what Jarvis Jones’s best days are involving anyway. It took them 3 years to figure out Worilds was better at LOLB.

  • afrazier9

    I believe like i said we have nothing to loose.Who else do we have and for him to play along side worilds and mentor jarvis

  • Brendon Glad

    I’m with you…what’s to lose, other than one OLB training camp spot? If he can’t play anymore, then I think Dick LeBeau and Keith Butler would be able to see it in camp, and politely and respectfully tell James that…and then he would probably retire before the final 2 pre-season games even happened…and we’d sign someone else. However, if he wants more than a non-guaranteed vets minimum…then he should probably sort that hope out on his own…my guess is if that’s what he wants, then he probably will be available 6 weeks into the season if we end up needing him.

  • pat

    I been getting called stupid for saying that he would get released and would be on his way back on a 1yr vet contract looks like it might happen

  • afrazier9

    yeah i really think it makes sense to do. i hope they pull the trigger and make it happen, but of course very unlikely for them to except him back after the breakup

  • pat

    Foote Gay McFadden any them ring any bells

  • 20Stoney

    Mohamed Massoquoi disagrees with this.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Yes, those guys came back, but they weren’t 36 years old like Harrison is now. James had a great NFL career. It is time for him to ride into the sunset.

  • Alan Felicia

    You’re assuming Harrison would not only take the minimum salary but also go through the rigors of off-season and training camp. Steeler Nation appreciates everything that Harrison had accomplished and contributed, its time for him to hang it up.

  • Alan Felicia

    Its easier said than done. We all would probably do the same thing what Harrison did last season. Harrison felt he’s still worth the $9-$10M and anything less was a slap in the face. In the end, he took whatever offer was on the table and went all in. It sad to see athletes play longer than they should.

  • Brendon Glad

    I did assume that. If he doesn’t want to do the things you mentioned, then the Steelers should not even have him on their radar.

  • steelster

    ok, what is the vet minimum contract for a olb, if it’s 1 million there is no way they touch him.

  • Will Hammer

    To those genius’s that criticized Tomlin and Colbert and Art last yr when they let James walk . They knew more than anyone he was at the end of a great career. Cinci got nothing out of him . I remember the words on here .He’s going to kill Ben. Tomlin is stupid. Art should sell the team . LMAO!!!! Remember you’re not on the team and you don’t know what the ownership and coaches know..

  • Alan Felicia

    Too old, lost alot of his quickness, and, at this point of his career, not good enough to line up at End. Harrison couldn’t even get by Mike Evans at this point! LOL!
    Harrison was a great player and here’s hoping Pittsburgh signs him to a One Day Contract retiring as a Steeler (much like Porter and Faneca did a year ago).

  • srdan

    Those guys careers started in their early twenties, rather than their late twenties.

    But I don’t necessarily disagree with you. However I think asking for 200 snaps from him is not out of the qeustion that he would be productive.

  • steeltown

    What a strange situation it was.. he really should’ve taken the pay reduction

  • treeher

    And he was wrong. I wonder what role his agent played?

  • Alan Felicia

    On Adam Schefter’s twitter page, speaking to Harrison’s agent (Bill Parise), his client wants to play in 2014 and currently training in Arizona. Would be curious to see if any teams are interested in Harrison?

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Could see Belichick pulling a move with Woodley or Harrison for a one year deal. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of either of these guys being a potential thorn in the side for the Steelers.

  • richheddleson

    Who is Mike Evans?

  • Matt Manzo

    I would love him back as depth! But would he play special teams?
    I also think an angry Harrison in Black n Gold will play better then an angry Harrison in stripes!

  • Alan Felicia

    oops…Mike Adams.

  • 804Stiller

    Would love to have Harrison as a strength and conditioning assistant. They say he is a workout warrior.

  • Brendon Glad

    I didn’t read one comment criticizing when the Steelers let James walk…but this blog is where I read the Nation’s views. maybe you saw them in other places. Regret…maybe…and rightfully so, because ROLB ended up being a HUGE weakness for the 2013 Steelers. But I never saw blame being placed on the Steelers once we saw that they attempted to negotiate a lesser deal for him. Never saw it.

  • Steve

    So does the joker who streaked on the playing field and was laid out by James and he said anyone between the lines is fair game (HA)!

  • Jacob Dixon

    Steelers need a 3rd linebacker Chris Carter doesn’t scare anybody

  • Brendon Glad

    Yep…but JH as a veteran-minimum-resign/no…I don’t think the Steelers will let Chris Carter man that spot again unless he shows drastic improvement from now to late August.

  • Steve

    James used a Decompression Chamber after his back sugery. He bought one and had it set up in his home. Said it did wonders from back sugery. He also was big into Acupuncture and Massage. Spent a lot of money in the off season getting well after sugery. He loved to pump iron and remember James is 36.

  • Jeff

    He will end up in Tennessee where Ray Horton is the D-coordinator and Whisenhunt is the head coach. They are converting to a 3-4 and will need someone to teach the defense to the players. Perfect fit for them and they can offer him more money than we will. That being said, I wouldn’t be against bringing him back at the right price as our 3rd OLB / Rotational / Situational sub with Jarvis Jones… Carter could still be #4 and play special teams.

  • pittsburghjoe

    BS…Yes there is something to loose. A young player’s development will be suppressed because Harrison is back. Get someone in the draft and develop them.

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