LB James Harrison Says “Everbody Knows” He Wants To Play For The Steelers In 2014

On the Monday edition of “NFL Total Access“, veteran linebacker James Harrison, who was recently released by the Cincinnati Bengals after just one season, hinted that he’d like to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.

When host Dan Hellie asked where Harrison wants to play this season during the interview, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, who was a co-host on Monday, immediately jumped in with “Pittsburgh.”

Harrison’s response: “Everybody knows that.”

Harrison is currently training out in Arizona and he let it be known that he’s going to “go until the wheels fall off” or “until nobody want to put wheels on it.”

The Steelers released Harrison last offseason after the longtime outside linebacker wouldn’t accept a pay cut to stay. A few weeks after his release he signed a two-year deal, $4.45 million deal with the Bengals that included a $1.2 million signing bonus.

“We got to see what happens,” said Harrison. “If nothing happens, then so be it.”

Now that the Steelers have released LaMarr Woodley, they are left with fourth-year linebacker Chris Carter to back up both Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones. The team had interest recently in Green Bay Packers linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal, but he decided to re-sign with his old team.

Harrison will turn 36 in May.

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    Sign him immediately and then figure it all out in camp.

  • SteelerDave

    He’s not worth more than the vet min at this point and his ego is huge – as much as I do appreciate all he did for us.

  • kamil

    I dont see why not, it would provide the depth we need for one year for cheap

  • tim

    He truly f’ed up by leaving last year cuz we ALL know they will NEVER bring him back…..f’ed up his Steelers legacy lol

  • kamil

    He woukd be situational pass rusher with jarvis worilds and timmons nice combo to be on the field

  • AzheDraven

    Sign him for the vet min. Let him teach alongside Porter Mr. Jarvis. Learning from Harrison, Woodley (assuming he seeked him for advice) and Porter would really improve Jarvis. I’d say sign him for 1 year, maybe alongside Da Beard. Their Farewell season.

  • afrazier9

    We have to it would help in more than one way. It will help with depth he will be able to help with the development of Jarvis and he could give us some tips on cincy’s offense oh yeah

  • AzheDraven

    Can he play WR/HB/CB/DE? lol

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am with you…he knows the system, he could help teach the young guys, and he should come cheap. I would not sign him but we are somewhat desperate as IMO..we need 2 OLB’s. 1 vet and 1 guy in the draft.

  • Jay

    I agree, it would be great to see Harrison with the Steelers once again, especially since the team is in such need of depth. However, we need to remember that Harrison does/would not play on special teams. That money could be better spent elsewhere. Regardless, I wish him nothing but the best.

  • Jeff

    Is his ego all that huge? I always thought James “kept it real”… haha

  • Jeff

    I’ll be honest, I’d be ecstatic if the Steelers brought him back at the vet minimum. It seems a bit unrealistic, but he was my favorite player all through the 2000’s and I’d love for him to end his career here.

  • Ray

    He played on special teams the year he won the defensive player of the year.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    he needs to help Jarvis in the weight room. He’d add a nice veteran presence along with Porter, i would welcome him with open arms!

  • gene mann

    with him and porter mentoring JJ should become a stud

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would try him at RB he squats 650 apparently, how’d you like to see that running at you lol

  • Jay

    Right you are, but that was six seasons ago. If I recall correctly, that was his final year of contributing to special teams.

  • AzheDraven

    Could use him like the Bungals use Peko. i would welcome that. If not, use him as a DE like the Cowboys used Ware last season. But it would be fun.

  • Jeff

    100% agree… James was a beast in the weight room and really mastered taking care of his body

  • Jay

    I just reread my post. The phrase “if I recall correctly” sounds very snooty, haha. So, please don’t take offense.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Agree 110% he was probably my third though behind Troy and Hines

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would love to seem him pass that on to our young guys while he is able to!

  • Matt Manzo

    Lets look at this way…I’d rather have Harrison and a rookie OLB as back ups than Carter and a rookie!

  • Jeff

    As long as it isn’t long snapper, throw him in there at any of those positions 🙂

  • Douglas Andrews

    Bring back Silverback!! Would love to give he a one year deal to work with these younger guys and provide some depth.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Hell we also know he can run with the ball see his 100 yrd TD return lol

  • Matt Manzo

    We’ve had sooo many great players over the last 20 years! Bettis is up there for me!

  • Kevin Gobleck

    OH HOW COULD I FORGET THE BUS, damn we could do a TOP 10 list just off the 2000’s

  • Kevin Gobleck

    To true!

  • Douglas Andrews

    After watching the interview i might have to put in a call to K Colbert myself. Sign that man up!

  • sean mcmartin

    This team could use the attitude brought by james harrison. he could have a chip on his shoulder to prove he is not done. would be a great signing. his body does not have the abuse for his age, he started later in life.

  • chris ward

    That was a great interview with Ike and Harrison. Taylor is great in the media.

  • Richard Edlin

    Haven’t the wheels already fallen off?

  • mlc43

    I didn’t follow his performance at all last year. He was playing out of position a lot, wasn’t he? Depending on what he has left he may be a good pick up for depth and experience. He would have to come dirt cheap though. I’d like to see him retire a Steeler. I will always remember that int return in the SB. What a play!!

  • tristan

    “i don’t love you either”


  • StarSpangledSteeler

    And Guy Whimper is worth the vet min?

  • MC

    I would love Harrison back. Off course we won’t get the same one that left but imagine having Harrison as a back up? He’d be able to stay fresher with much less reps and I’m sure everyone would prefer him over Chris Carter.

  • 243546

    Let’s see how things look after the draft. Unless the Steelers spend a high round pick on an OLB, or find a younger FA who is willing to play for peanuts, then signing Harrison makes a lot of sense.

  • Nolrog

    It’s time to move on. Jones has plenty of guys to learn from already. That’s why they brought Joey Porter in. That money is much better used elsewhere (like at DE, where we don’t have a player yet.)

  • 2443scott

    with all the guys who came to steelers last year and couldnt make team then stuck on practice squad for min why if james can still play even at 80 percent would be better then most other people on the min gravy train wagon i say sign him you know how steelers drop like flies the last few years we brought other guys back so why not him for the min

  • Jason

    Yes. Cincy’s system wasn’t a fit at all and I actually saw him playing imside a lot. At the right price (cheap, cheap, cheap) I wouldn’t hate the move.

  • Steelers12328882

    I bet he’d have more sacks than Jarvis Jones.

  • Ray

    That’s more from the team side of not wanting him to get hurt. I think he would contribute to get on the field but who really knows. As a backup linebacker I would hope that any player would understand that but I don’t know if Harrison even expects to be a backup

  • joed32

    Somehow he doesn’t come across as the mentor type, more of a loner.

  • DoctorNoah

    We brought back Will Allen, Larry Foote, many others.

  • Axe Skot

    “I don’t love you either.”

  • Johnny Loose

    with unproven commodities @ olb, it would be smart to just sign him for depth. Let’s just do it already, I want to celebrate now

  • John A Stewart

    Compare to Harrison they were bums.

  • John A Stewart

    I sill rock his jersey he was a true true Steeler

  • Virdin Barzey

    Saw this yesterday. I’m not sure about the decisions our front office makes so I’m not sure they even want to consider James. I trust they will do what’s best for the team since they know much better than I.

    Seems like a no-brainer to me since we have nothing to lose. He needs to retire a Steeler anyways so why not. It not like he has options. Nothing wrong with a slice of humble pie. Foote got a slice and he came back.

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  • Leu

    I hope that do sign him so he can kick cincinnati butt !

  • CrazyTerry

    Give him 1.5M plus incentives and bring him back. Even if he fizzles, it is worth it. If anyone deserves to be “overpaid” for a single year, I won’t have a problem with him considering he has been a contract bargain his whole Steelers career.

    My favorite LB in recent Steelers history. Let Jarvis do double duty on STs and Harrison can spell him at times in regular D.

  • PA2AK

    I agree with your point…but in fairness, some of those depth guys might appear on special teams, but can you consider it an actual contribution?

  • Jay

    I’m not sure I fully understand your question, so I’d rather not answer it with the chance of being irrelevant. Would you mind to elaborate?

  • PA2AK

    basically, the depth guys we have at OLB might play special teams…but some of them are so bad that you could fill in just about anyone without much of a drop. So while James might not play ST at his age and would take a spot from one of the OLB depth guys that does play ST…we could find someone else on the team to fill the spot without much if any drop in actual production. I guess as long as we don’t put Paulson in their place…that kid just stinks. Was kind of funny when I thought about it…then I typed it out and as usual, the humor didn’t quite survive.

  • treeher

    I’d love to see him back, but team won’t/can’t pay him what he wants. He might be like Diesel who wants to play, but won’t play for vets minimum. Also, if he DOES sign cheap, would he be able to handle attitude all year when the going gets tough (i.e., “I’m doing this for HOW much?”)

  • Bill Molinaro

    Sign him NOW!

  • tim

    Those players you mentioned also didn’t leave Pitt in a huff, so to speak…idk if it was the best parting terms when he left and how many guys who left Pitt on bad terms were invited back ?


    I don’t see it happening, but I hope it does. He still has some football left in him.

  • Rob Dove

    Harrison played a new position for the Bengals last year, no reason to think he will not play something a bit different for the steelers this year. The contract that should have been reduced was woodleys and we will still be paying for him next year. Harrison could turn out to be a very good signing.