Agent Confirms James Harrison Wants To Return To Steelers

I think this was nearly a given based on the comments James Harrison has made but his agent, Bill Parise, told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Harrison intends on coming back for the 2017 season. And the Pittsburgh Steelers are welcoming him with open arms.

Harrison is set to become a free agent meaning the two sides will have to agree to terms of a new deal. That could be a little tricky, as our Matthew Marczi pointed out earlier this month, juggling the value Harrison brings with his age.

From Matthew’s article.

“That to me raises the question of what sort of deal they might have to work out for him in order to bring him back into the fold for another year, because the reality is that they got more than their money’s worth out of Harrison over the course of the past two years, and the player and his agent are certainly going to be aware of that.”

At this point, it can never be guaranteed, but you have to work with the assumption that 2017 will be Harrison’s final year. Turning a spry 39 years old in May, Harrison racked up five sacks and forced a pair of fumbles last season, playing the vast majority of snaps down the stretch. He also dropped into coverage more than any outside linebacker on the team.

As Rapoport points out, a deal should get done in short order. Harrison will enter the year as the starting right outside linebacker, likely splitting time with whoever the team brings in during the offseason.

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  • T3xassteelers

    1 year 3.5 mil? I think he wants more than what he got last season. I mean the man pays $500k a year on his body

  • unfurious

    Yes please. I don’t care if PIT drafts Garrett. I want James there to show him what it looks like in the NFL. As long as Harrison is on this team, nobody can claim that they are too hard.

  • Ed Smith


  • 6 ring circus

    How cool would it be if James was a Steeler until he is 40 years old? I’m saying, depending how his 2017 goes, cut him after his 40th next year, if need be. I think he will be an integral part of 2017, though. The perfect ending would be a Bettis type retirement…after hoisting another Lombardi.

  • 6 ring circus

    $350K, but, hey, who’s counting! I spend about 2-3K, all on stuff that is killing me!

  • will

    And the Steelers should let Deebo receive the trophy from Goodell!

  • 6 ring circus

    Yep, ala Tom Brady. Do you think this exchange will be a little different? James may hand him a cup in exchange for the trophy, lol!

  • JB Burgess

    Cut Moats, use his salary to pay Deebo

  • dany


  • dany

    As much as some people hate Brady, how cool would it be to watch them play each other late into their 40s?

  • dany

    meth shouldn’t be that expensive bro

  • NinjaMountie

    He’s one of the few we have that makes sense to cut from a financial perspective.

  • Sam Clonch

    Would think more of the idea if Chick had shown more. I think Moats may face a roster crunch rather than a cap crunch if the Steelers pick up more than 1 OLB through the draft or FA.

  • Sam Clonch

    Lol, that’s cold.

  • VaDave

    The question: Is his dropping back into coverage ( loose zone) a real defensive strategy, or just a way for him to catch a breather between bull rushes? The same can be said about our LOLB. They sure aren’t exactly plastered to receiving options out there. As for Harrison coming back, I’m all for it, but using him to “drop back in pass coverage” is a joke. At this point he is good for setting the edge ( Surprisingly, LT Walton did a fair amount of this too), two to three QB pressures a game, and toss in a sack every 3rd game or so.

  • capehouse

    My guess was $3+ mil and I’m sticking to that still.

  • capehouse

    Yes, but you wait until camp I think, depending on depth from free agency and the draft. We’ll sign Harrison and draft at least 1 Edge rusher. That’s 4 deep, so Moats might stick if there’s no one to beat him out for the 5th OLB spot.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Flippin’ right!

  • HiVul

    I know I’m not ready for him to leave, we’re still waiting on the replacement. While unlikely, I also wouldn’t be incredibly surprised if he played another 2 seasons. If the Steelers draft someone early this year we’re all assuming that they’ll be ready to start by the beginning of next year. That might not be the case and Harrison might not get that worn down playing rotationally.

  • The Truth

    “He also dropped into coverage more than any outside linebacker on the team”

    The best pass rushing LB on the team spends more time in coverage than the others? Amazing.

  • Shane Mitchell

    No 1st round edge rusher just let the man play the damn game, tired of this split snaps BS, Pay the man, Play the man

  • CoaltownSteeler

    Poetic…especially the puddle little Roger would leave!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yep, the Silverback Swan Song.

    I’ve already determined I’m going to wear my #92 on alternating games. (I have too many others that need shown a little love too. Otherwise, they get jealous, or I’d rock Deebo all year. Plus, my “away” Troy Polamalu jersey is the luckiest that I own. I KNEW I should have rocked it in New England instead of my #7. I let all of the Nation down. #Confession.)

    However, if somebody asked me to bet my house that this will definitively be the last season we have James, I’d politely decline. At this point, I wouldn’t put it past him to play until he’s 50. In 2027, there will be a Depot article asking the question….
    “Should the Steelers consider re-signing James Harrison YET AGAIN?!?!”

  • Shane Mitchell

    Its part of the defense, if one or both MLBs blitz inside the OLBs drop into the zones the Inside LBs would normally cover, just a different look when we want to try to pressure up the middle instead of outside pass rush and when so many teams are taking short drops and throwing quickly.

    Remember what happened when he dropped back in coverage in the superbowl at the goal line right before halftime against the Cardinals and the 99 yard INT return, how did you feel about that?

  • Douglas Andrews

    As much as I like Deebo I hope we have a plan b…draft pick or FA to go along with him.

  • VaDave

    How can any Steeler fan forget that play. It’s once in a lifetime type play, like Ward in SB XL, Stallwork in SB 14, or Swan in SB 10. That said, it was 6 years ago, and he doesn’t have Keisel, Woodley and Hampton collapsing at the present, rendering the Fire X neutered, even with a healthy Heyward coming back. Thanks for pointing out why they do this, but I question the true effectiveness of it today. When was the last time you saw one of our OLBs break up or intercept a pass? If count all the ones you’ve seen in the last 3 years and put up a finger for each one, you’d probably still have a fist.

  • falconsaftey43

    He’s 39, they need his eventual replacement. He’s not going to play forever.

  • 6 ring circus

    Meth is for fools. I might be stoopid, but I ain’t no fool! No illegal drugs here…bro.

  • Conserv_58

    I hope fans appreciate that we are watching history in the making every time Deebo takes the field.