LB James Harrison Still Wants To Play In 2014

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker James Harrison on Thursday after just one season and according to his agent Bill Parise, his client still wants to play in 2014 and he believes the veteran will draw some interest from other teams.

If you thought Harrison was going to play out his two-year deal in Cincinnati, you were only fooling yourself. The Bengals knew this as well and his Thursday release shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Harrison is about to turn 36 and despite Parise’s optimism, I really will be surprised if a team signs him to anything more than a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

As far as Harrison possibly returning to the Steelers goes, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen. The team expects Jarvis Jones to start opposite Jason Worilds this year, so that alone would result in Harrison being unable to get anything more than the minimum from Pittsburgh.

You also need to keep in mind that Harrison doesn’t play on special teams and that’s generally a must for backup Steelers linebackers. Yes, the Steelers need depth behind Jones and Worilds, but right now I have a feeling they are more comfortable with Chris Carter providing that depth than many of us are. They will address the position in the draft at some point.

  • steeltown

    It sounds silly, but where as I once had no faith in C.Carter ever contributing, now, with Porter as an assistant I have a slight glimmer of hope that he might get something out of him.. slight

  • Troy Low

    I think we should sign Vince Wilfork if he ends up getting cut

  • Matt Manzo

    Hearing Carter’s name so much lately is scaring me!

  • Danielito Caza

    What about Terrence Garvin? He is a beast and need to be brought up as a “Pass Rush Only” type linebacker.

  • steelster

    oh james, you were a great player and made great contributions to the steelers over the years. However, its time to look for your next calling. Maybe you can sack one of your pit bulls.

  • Danielito Caza

    Vince wilfork is not what the team needs. Carrington is what we need. YOUNGER, he is tall can bat down passes super strong and I am sure he want to get the fuck out of buffalo.

  • shawn

    CC … stick a fork in him … worthless, shouldn’t had been on the team last year !

  • Shawn Winbush

    we don’t have the $$$ he wants

  • steeltown

    He’s only 220lbs, not sure he’ll ever be a “pass rush only” type player

  • Troy Low

    we need a Casey Hampton clone. stop the run. I don’t know a thing about Carrington. Did he even play much?

  • dgh57

    Foote wants to play, Plax wants to play, Keisel wants to play! That’s what a lot of aging veterans say so the fact J. Harrison is saying it doesn’t surprise me none.

  • Jason hatcher get signed I wouldn’t mind him in a DE slot

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  • WilliamSekinger

    Harrison spends more money on rehab then he would receive on a vet minimum deal. When he is ready, sign him for 1 day so he can retire a Steeler!

  • Jason Brant

    That would be nice.

    It wasn’t long ago that everyone was writing off Worilds too.

  • CrazyTerry

    I will take an over the hill James Harrison over Chris Carter anyday. Just play Jarvis on STs intead of Carter and spell Jarvis occasionally with Harrison

  • Ken

    Funny my first thought was there was no use in bringing back James Harrison and then you bring up C. Carter. I think Harrison spelling Jarvis Jones for a few snaps a game would be heaven compared to C. Carter.

  • Brendon Glad

    “You also need to keep in mind….JH doesn’t play ST…” yeah, if JH, and the Steelers are only thinking “Inside the box”. I remember him as one of the best Steelers Special Teamers of the century (realizing our Special-teams have almost always sucked…but still…we don’t ask Special Teams to win games, so until that changes, I just want “survival” during those plays). So, I understand that neither party may be interested in subjecting JH’s body to that….but I’ve seen old guys play special teams before. Particularly if they were excellent at it at one time or another. Although the Steelers special-teams were slightly improved last year, there have been times where I thought even Steve Tasker at 45-50 could have been signed as a special-teamer, and there would have been zero drop-off…and likely an improvement. So once again, if he takes the minimum, and is a backup…why not kick the tires? And yep, he may have to run down a kickoff…that play is nearly obsolete anyway.

  • Brendon Glad

    Never have seen “the flash of talent”…from Carter. You’d see it now and then from Worilds, even as he struggled early. But in the same way you suggested people “wrote Worilds off” too early…let’s not “write Worilds on” yet either. He put together a nice string of games last year. That’s all. Every sack he had in 2012 were “scheme sacks”…his 2013 ones were more impressive…yet still, to me, he currently is an 8-10 game “wonder/question-mark” with a big injury history. Better than a “Zero-game wonder with big injury history” like Carter…but J. Worilds still has plenty to prove to me. In comparison, the day Porter got kicked out b4 @Cle, I called my friend and said, “I’m excited…James Harrison is going to get to start…I think he is a gonna be great.” Worilds doesn’t do that for me…and Carter honestly does no more for me than Alonzo Jackson or Bruce Davis ever did. If Carter becomes good, I will be pretty stunned.

  • MC

    Barring injuries, i expect Worilds to get around 10 sacks this year.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Garvin has a better chance of playing Safety than OLB.

  • steelster

    We are screwed if he doesn’t

  • MC

    If Jones doesn’t generate any pressure it will be a lot harder for Worilds, lets hope they both take big steps forward this season.

  • steeltown

    True.. on pure attitude alone