Report: LB James Harrison To Visit Cardinals Wednesday

Veteran linebacker James Harrison still wants to play in 2014 and it looks like he finally has a team showing interest in him.

According to Pro Football Talk,Harrison will be visiting with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday.

Prior to signing back with the Pittsburgh Steelers a little over a week ago, veteran defensive end Brett Keisel was on a plane to visit the Cardinals after they lost defensive lineman Darnell Dockett to a season-ending injury. Harrison likely hopes his trip produces the same outcome.

Harrison, who played last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, was released back in March after recording 30 total tackles and two sacks in 2013.

Since his release, Harrison has made it known that he would like to return to Pittsburgh for another season.

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  • PA2AK

    Honest question…what happens if JJ doesn’t start producing? We turn to Moats/Carter? There’s a lot riding on that young man in terms of this entire defense’s performance this year.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    So I guess this means he’ll be a Steeler again by Thursday. Anyone think the Cards and/or player agents are toying with us?

    I’m being facetious. Sort of.

  • Still_JPDQ

    I think the honest answer to that is that we’ll see pretty much the same mediocre pass rush as last year – if JJ doesn’t produce more pressure, as you mentioned. I don’t think they’ll bench their No. 1 draft pick in his second season for Chris Carter or Arthur Moats. They’ll ride w/ JJ, regardless. My opinion.

    But I really, really, REALLY think we should sign Silverback. Pride be damned on both sides.

  • PA2AK

    I agree 100%. Even if they brought Harrison back, it wouldn’t be to start though. But I think it would certainly light a fire under the kid. If we have Troy trying to light a fire under his…what’s coach/FO doing about it?

  • Ryan Roberts

    great points- from what I can tell JJ looked good against NY but the last two games have been ehh….watching him he gets man handled and instead of trying to plow though guys like Harrison could, he tries to juke like a running back or something- I think they should have him play more like a rover because of his speed rather than a full on LB.

  • Still_JPDQ

    I’m not sure I’m following your thought on Troy. But in Jarvis’ case, at least if you have Harrison brought in as his “backup” I’d feel a lot more comfortable with “benching” him for Harrison as opposed to our other options. Leadership is great, attitude, blah blah blah… we’ve got Joey for that. I personally (and this is just my opinion) think that James Harrison is still a very capable and productive player in our system.

  • DoctorNoah

    He’s not particularly fast though is the problem. Would not make a good rover

  • DoctorNoah

    Would be hilarious if we signed him now. “No! We want all the toys!”

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Howard Jones has not really rushed efficiently and I don’t trust Carter yet, so why not bring back Harrison?

  • dgh57

    Come on Steelers, even at 46 Harrison can outplay Carter! LOL!!!

  • Still_JPDQ

    “Mine, Mine, MINE !!!”

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I think the honest answer is Ziggy Hood wasn’t doing his job and at the same time Jones was a rookie. You people crack me up, so quick to jump to conclusions about players. Did you know there’s a reason rookies tend not to start in LeBeau’s defense and the ones who do tend to struggle?

  • Geoff Cordner

    At risk of completely over simplifying it, if the Steelers don’t improve their pass rush this year it will be another 8-8 or worse season. If Jarvis isn’t ready to make the step, then the Steelers better find someone who can THIS year..

  • Still_JPDQ

    (As SteelCitysFinest jumps to conclusions about Jones’ lack of production due, somehow, to Ziggy Hood)

    You’re right though, Jones is probably waiting until the regular season to add all that muscle and mass so he can show off his new pass rush moves to the world.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Jones can’t win one on one matchups with an NFL tackle because of Ziggy? Are you high when you watch the games?

  • Geoff Cordner

    Sarcasm detected, but seriously – God, I really hope Jarvis puts it together quickly and produces pressure this year.

  • Geoff Cordner

    Excuse me while I jump on the Harrison bandwagon again!

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I keep things in perspective. You see to ignore all other variables involved and basically say that Jones is a bum. Ziggy Hood wasn’t great and his job is to occupy offensive tackles which he didn’t do at a consistent level. Are you saying A. Smith being A. Smith didn’t impact the production of players around him?

  • pat

    Its funny how back in Feb/Mar I suggested we bring Harrison back and everyone was bashing me now everyone wants him lol

  • SteelCitysFinest

    No I understand how a 3-4 defense works and also understand rookies struggle, there is a learning curve from college to the NFL. Jones struggled for many reasons but concluding he’s a bum based off of one year is plain idiotic.

  • Still_JPDQ

    Dude, don’t talk to me about perspective. Seriously.

    It was very evident that I said IF Jones produces the way he did last year, THEN we would see similar results in our pass rush.

    Claiming that Ziggy Hood is the reason Jones only had one pass rush move and couldn’t beat NFL caliber LTs is not the definition of having “perspective.”

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Its a factor. Looking at the entire picture IS perspective, assuming Jones will have a mediocre year based off of his rookie year and a handful of preseason games IS being narrow minded. I read what you said.

  • Louis Goetz

    He’s one of the top 5 LBs in Steelers history. He should’ve been the MVP of Superbowl XLIII. But he’s not the same player anymore. Even in Cincy he was used mainly as a run stopper; not a pass rusher. 30 tackles, 2 sacks and an INT. How’s that production any better than J. Jones?

  • BFB

    He now has interest from exactly 1/32nd of the league. And go figure it is the BurghWest Cards that are sniffing. Don’t get too exited until we hear about a physical and even what the Cards would offer him. It will say a lot about his readiness which is important before you declare him a backup for JJ whom you could promote to 1st string should Tomlin decide Jones gets benched.
    I wish James would talk to Casey, Smith, or Hines and realize he should go out with dignity. To an extent, Joey Porter kept playing as a shadow of his former self and possibly delayed a career coaching for which it seems he has some talent.

  • BFB

    Exactly. Nostalgia seems to dominate some folks opinions.

  • Rosco

    How could you want the guy who shattered your citys hopes come play for your team.. I dont know how i would feel if we signed clay matthews or rashard Mendenhall after all those tears they brought to my eyes in that superbowl loss against the packers

  • steeltown

    No, really? (sarcasm)

  • JohnB

    i get your point and mostly agree with you. However, Harrison was out of postion last year and didn’t play as many snaps.

  • PA2AK

    RE: Troy – to my understanding, he was fired up last game largely because he thought JJ was taking plays off.
    I agree with your comments on harrison for sure. limited action/situations…he can steel be a good ROLB for Pittsburgh. SOMETHING needs to get JJ fired up to go full speed every play.

  • PA2AK

    Jones played on the right…ziggy played on the left. Yes the DE play last season affected the OLBs, however, it is not even close to being the only reason JJ is not producing.

  • Still_JPDQ

    Well, according to Rotowire – in 2013:

    Harrison: 15 games / 354 defensive snaps / 30 tackles / 2 sacks / 1 int
    Jones: 14 games / 565 defensive snaps / 41 tackles / 1 sack / 0 int

    So
    you tell me – by your own admission – since he was more of a
    run-stopper in Cinci, played 200 fewer snaps, but still had more sacks
    and INTs than Jones… why couldn’t you make the argument he was at
    least AS productive?

    BUT TO BE CLEAR: The argument here isn’t
    whether Harrison is “better” than Jones, the reason this discussion is
    being brought up is b/c Arizona allegedly is looking at Harrison, and
    most people (myself included) seem to think James Harrison is a better
    backup to Jones than Moats or Carter. It isn’t about Jones being a bum,
    it’s about having the best quality LB corps that you can have.

  • PA2AK

    Agree. It is a big factor. DL looks better, ILBs look better, Safetys are OK, CB still stinks. OLB is the question mark and if we dont get pressure from the ROLB fairly consistently…you said it.

  • PA2AK

    I’d say the reaction to that was 50/50 on every site I’ve seen.

  • PA2AK

    Two entirely different defenses and positions. Not comparable. No one is saying he needs to come for a pro-bowl year and start 100% of the time. That is an assumption. Likely as bad as me assuming you think Carter would do better…

  • Still_JPDQ

    Ah, I wasn’t aware it was Jones that Troy was specifically upset with. Interesting. Thanks for clarifying.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Harrison should sign with the Cards as they already have a good D and their O should improve. Therefore he stands a much better chance of winning a Super Bowl there than with the Steelers. At least the Cards are in with a chance.

  • srdan

    We need sacks, leadership and toughness on defense….c’mon colbert

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Ziggy Hood played on both sides, if you remember correctly he was benched then Heyward played and came back in after Da Beard was sidelined. Regardless I never said DE was the only reason, above I stated there were many reasons Jones struggled and poor DE play was a contributing factor.

  • PA2AK

    Well no one ever ruled that out…but you seem to be defending JJ by throwing specific players under the bus. Facts are facts…film is film….JJ needs to improve big time.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I’m not arguing he needs to improve nor am I defending him. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t sold on him last preseason when everyone was hyping him up. At the same time I weigh the fact that he was a rookie, our DL was ineffective, and our entire defense struggled. I think assuming anything about any second year player based on their rookie performance is premature and a little overboard so I voiced my opinion on the matter.

  • treeher

    I love him, but at this point in his career Deebo is very one dimensional. Stillers need speed and diversity and team is banking on JJ coming to at least serviceable play.

  • Jeff

    I’ve been a huge advocate of signing James Harrison. The positives would highly outweigh the negatives IMO..

  • PA2AK

    and #92 is currently available…so there’s that.

  • PA2AK

    beating a dead horse here….you say we crack you up because we jump to conclusions about JJ (you say he was a rookie and DL stunk – we all agree, but he stunk more than the DL). We are just talking about IF he doesn’t produce at a SIGNIFICANTLY higher level, what do the Steelers have. Nothing. He’s not proven anything besides sub-par last year and this preseason. I hope he shows up…but tape says he’s still making too many mistakes.

  • Louis Goetz

    Respectfully, if the conversation you’re having is that Harrison would be the best OLB back up, you’re pretty much having it with yourself. Virtually everyone posting here wants Harrison to come back to Pittsburgh as if it’s 2008, while that no good lousy bum Jarvis Jones gets cut or traded to the Cardinals for $2.00 and a biscuit. I didn’t argue that Jones’ production was better than Harrison’s. I asked how Harrison’s production was ANY BETTER than Jones’. My point was that there is nothing, statistically speaking, that differentiates them, which you proved quite convincingly. Harrison averaged only 2 tackles per game, while Jones averaged just under 3. In 15 games Harrison managed just two sacks, while Jones got one in 14 games. There’s no quantifiable difference in those numbers. As for whether Harrison is the best possible player to back up Jones, I’m fairly certain that there are a couple of guys getting paid to make those decisions (Tomlin, Butler, LeBeau, Colbert) who are far better than us fans at making them. If they felt (or feel) that Harrison is the best guy for the job; they’d make him an offer. For all we know they have a standing offer to him that he hasn’t accepted. Never-the-less, my comments were directed at the masses who think James Harrison is still the Deebo who single handedly won SB XLIII for us with the single greatest play in SB history. Unfortunately, that dog don’t hunt no more.

  • Brian Miller

    Some people arguing against bringing in silverback use his age and lack of pass rushing ability as reasons to not get him, saying he was mainly ised as a runn stopper with Cincy last year. I say, why not bring him in exactly for that reason? If he can still shed blocks and stop the run potentially I am all for giving him a try. Any pass rush in situational sub-packaging is an added bonus!

  • PA2AK

    I haven’t seen many people that actually think he is a starter caliber player. More concerned with what depth we have at the position. As for stats last year…They played two entirely different positions in different defenses. Who the heck said he was going to come in and put up double digit sacks as an every down LB?!

  • NinjaMountie

    Yes, multiple reports from friends at the game, and someone else on here. Troy was going off on him during the Philly game. Unlike Troy, makes me wonder what’s wrong. Is this a bigger deal?

  • WilliamSekinger

    Update: Harrison has turned down the offer to visit with the Cardinals, Signed a 1 year deal with the Steelers this morning….hahaha just kidding. The Cards FO would be like WTH?

  • NinjaMountie

    LOL..we were joking about that happening on another message board.

  • NinjaMountie

    Ok, I will not play any word games with anything SteeleCity. I think JJ is a bust. I don’t think he’s strong enough to play his position. When you watch him in his one on one match ups he…well, he just doesn’t match up. He doesn’t hold the edge well. He has a hard time getting leverage. If he makes it through this season starting it will be because the FO is slow to admit a wrong, or everyone behind him sucks worse (scary thought). If I’m wrong and he lights it up, or is just a little above average, I’ll be the happiest crow eating Steeler fan on the planet. :)

  • Still_JPDQ

    Yeah, I don’t get where you think everybody who wants JH back thinks he’s gonna start over JJ… Seems to me the masses all view him as a great backup option that would be the best suited to come in and start when (yes, I said when) one of our OLBs gets hurt.

    We agree on the statistical facts, we’re just looking at them a different way, I suppose. You’re saying, “He’s no better than JJ, so why bring him in?” and I’m saying, “He’s just as good as JJ and better than the backups, so it makes sense from an insurance standpoint.”

    Yes, money is probably the sticking point.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I agree those are some concerns especially setting the edge. You are entitled to that opinion but I hope you are wrong. Personally I try to give young players the benefit of the doubt and if we are pointing to the same issues after his third year I’ll jump on the bust bandwagon.

  • Roger (G.)

    Ed Bouchette reports “James Harrison’s locker was never cleared out after the 2012 season” thus hinting at an inevitable return to the Steelers in the future.

  • Roger (G.)

    Left behind was a sweaty jock, a terrible towel and a yellow bar of soap with, oddly, silver pubes imbedded.

  • Louis Goetz

    My only other point regarding the numbers is Jones’ stats are for a rookie campaign and a player who has yet to develop, whereas Harrison’s numbers are for a seasoned veteran who’s just about at the end of his career. Also, my comments were regarding those people who think Harrison can come in and save this defense and put up DPOY performances. Of course, I would love it if he could, but that’s not reality. As for being a back-up, my only concern is how tempted (or blasted) would the Steelers be every time there’s a third and long and Jones is in the game and Deebo on the bench? Also, would he even want to be strictly a back-up role player?

  • steelster

    I just wish this story would go away, please.

  • sean mcmartin

    JJ is not going to add any more muscle by the first game. If Troy was calling him out , Thats enough proof for me. Get him out of the starting position now. James Harrison saw the Kiesel outcome and now is on his way to AZ. I don’t think he will get the kind of reaction that kiesel did from the Steelers. I would definitely like to see a guy who can bull rush and at least get some pressure on a QB. back on the team.

  • sean mcmartin

    Very true, I also see JJ as a bust. If he turns it around I will join you at the table for my full plate of crow. And turning it around does not mean being an average player.

  • Jason

    Speed?

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    Yeah but if he comes to Pittsburgh that puts us on the Super Bowl radar. I’m serious

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    I strongly believe that not signing James Harrison as a backup option this season would be foolish. We need to have him on the team THIS SEASON more than any. I’d feel so much better about the most important position on our defense if I knew he was “next man up” this year. I think the people saying it would be a waste to sign him because of his age or whatever is ridiculously short-sighted. I will argue this with anyone.

  • patrick Mayfield

    Apples to Oranges, Cincy was/is stupid to try to plug him into their system.

  • CrazyTerry

    We have money to overpay a way over the hill guy like Ike Taylor 2.7M when Keisel was signed for a million less and Harrison is still looking for job. Amazing. We could have cut Carter, and have Ike AND Harrison as backups for 2.7M. Colbert continues to make incredibly stupid cap moves. We could have had Keenan Lewis for a few hundred thousand more than what New Orleans paid him instead of overpaying for Mitchell or spending crazy money on Gilbert.

  • CrazyTerry

    Yet the Steelers have time for Ike Taylor at 2.7M?

  • treeher

    Yeah, teacher’s pet.

  • Pete Johnson

    @RapSheet 5m

    Former #Steelers LB James Harrison is taking a physical today as part of his visit with #Cardinals. Could have a deal if all goes well

  • Weiss Chad

    He is not fast