Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is talking to the press Sunday prior to the NFL owners’ meetings taking place in Orlando, Fla and was asked about the possibility of veteran linebacker James Harrison returning for the upcoming season.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Colbert said he’s never going to close the door on any possibility and especially when it comes to a player such as Harrison.
Colbert on bringing back James Harrison: "Never going to close the door on any possibility, esp w guy who was huge part of our success."
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) March 23, 2014
Harrison, who was released a few weeks ago by the Cincinnati Bengals after just one season with them, has already hinted he’d like to return to the Steelers in 2014.
The Steelers lack depth at the outside linebacker position now that LaMarr Woodley has been released as Chris Carter is left to back up both Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones. Carter, however, has very limited playing time underneath his belt entering his fourth season and what playing time he has received, he hasn’t been very impressive in.
Harrison might have to stay unemployed for a while, however, as the Steelers will likely want to see how the rest of free agency and the draft go. They’ve already scheduled a visit next week with Buffalo Bills free agent linebacker Arthur Moats. Moats, who is probably best suited to play inside, can also play outside should the need arise.
Should Harrison ultimately be brought back, one would think it would have to be for the minimum.