Ravens were scheduled to meet with James Harrison

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Tucked into a report in the Baltimore Sun in an oh-by-the-way fashion was one line that shows how serious the Ravens were about finding another pass-rusher.

According the Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, former Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison “was due in Baltimore Sunday night for a free agent visit.”

Whether Harrison continues that trip, and whether the Ravens are still interested after dropping a five-year contract with a base value of $26 million, with $8.5 million in the first year for Dumervil remains to be seen. The indication from the report is that they’re no longer interested.

Harrison’s clearly a tier below guys such as Dumervil, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham because of his age (he turns 35 in May), but he played well for the Steelers last season.

After calling the Steelers bluff on a pay cut (and losing), Harrison hasn’t drawn the kind of interest that would get him back to the $6.57 million he was scheduled to make this year.

Earlier this offseason there were folks around the league who wondered whether outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and his $13.02 million cap number were a long-term fit.

Whether the Ravens continue to pursue Harrison should let you know whether he was simply a Plan B to Dumervil, or part of a bigger move.

28 responses to “Ravens were scheduled to meet with James Harrison

  1. Harrison is not a typical 35-year-old veteran, not with just six seasons worth of starts under his belt. This guy is a workout warrior and a five-time All-Pro.
    In addition to being a recent Defensive Player of the Year, he also is credited with THE greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history.
    I wouldn’t take Freeney AND Abraham over Harrison. Dumervil, a different story. Being unwanted has never prevented Harrison for achieving greatness, and it won’t again. This guy can still ball.

  2. James Harrison made a very bad decision to allow himself to be cut by the steelers and should’ve taken the paycut up to 30%, but now he will take a much bigger paycut or vet minimum to play for anyone cause there’s no market for him at his age.

  3. Harrison should re-sign with the Steelers to pick up their jock straps in the dressing room after every time the Ravens kick the living%%%%%%%out of the Steelers….maybe for $50 bucks a game.

  4. Harrison probably never too basic economics or common sense. Its better to make X amount that make 0 in an unknown market. I bet right about now that Steeler deal looks good by the min.

  5. Dont forget, it was reported to be a 30% cut with an opportunity to earn it back via incentives.

    Now, if thats, “youll earn it all back if you have 20+ sacks,” we’ll never know…but still

  6. Old school players like Harrison are not going to survive the Power Puff Girl rules that are coming forth in the NFL. I believe that is also the reason besides his age why teams wont take him, he is less effective when he is less aggressive. He just doesnt seem to want to dominate games ever since King Goddell put the reins on him.

  7. If any of you have followed Harrison’s career, you’d know that he threatened to retire two years ago because he felt he was singled out and fined ridiculous amounts of money by the league.
    Right about now, I bet he couldn’t care less about the Steelers’ paycut farce or his financial future in the league. Harrison is a man of principal who, quite frankly, has nothing left to prove and is ready to walk away for real with no regrets.
    In six short seasons, he’s already had a more distinguished career than Freeney, Abraham and Dumervil combined.

  8. Ravens fans ought to be worried about losing all those players instead of be douchey about the Steelers. You’re only 4 Lombardi’s away from being relevant. Srsly.

    James Harrison wanted too much money and no one – not even the desperate Ravens would pay him what he wants. 35 year old LB’s are a dying breed and the Steelers are notorious for cutting too-expensive outside LB’s like him.

  9. I’d disagree that “Harrison’s clearly a tier below guys such as Dumervil, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham because of his age”. Dumervil is a better value at this point, but everyone else is pretty much same age, with less impact. Harrison also barely played until 2005, was always much better player against the run then the other two guys. Freeney was an undersized DE who always relied on speed, has more wear and tear on him then Harrison.

  10. Would love the Ravens to pick him up, have him play only two games all season, so he can hogtie PigBen endlessly!

  11. I hope James doesn’t switch jerseys to the Ravens. But its a business.. Maybe when its all said and done the Steelers bring back James for one more season. When he is healthy, He is a beast. He can still bring it. He was the core of what our defense stood for- Tough and nasty.

  12. Come play for the dynasty team Harrison. Although you’ll be a bench warmer / situational / once in a blue moon pass rusher, it’s gotta be better than nothing. Plus you get to stick it to the team that consistently losses to sub par talent and makes it impossible to compete i.e. browns, titans, raiders, and Tim Tebow, yes Tim Tebow. Cheers!

  13. Ravens will not sign Harrison. Why would they give all that $ to Dumervil just so he could ride the pine.

  14. Clown comment bro. Your comments shouldn’t be seen or heard anywhere outside of Pennsyltucky. “You’re only 4 Lombardi’s away from being relevant.” LMAO all 4 of those came when you still had your teeth. Back when they were still running moonshine across state borders with horse and carriage.

  15. fukpittsburgh | Mar 25, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT
    Clown comment bro. Your comments shouldn’t be seen or heard anywhere outside of Pennsyltucky. “You’re only 4 Lombardi’s away from being relevant.” LMAO all 4 of those came when you still had your teeth. Back when they were still running moonshine across state borders with horse and carriage.
    Anger management issues there mouth breather? It’s just a game to us, but it is your whole miserable life. Your handle gives you away…ssshhh when you open your mouth stupid things come out…time for you lay by your bowl till dinner.

  16. Let’s be nicer to each other gentlemen. Make you a deal: Raven fans will stop bringing up Steelers losing to Tebow, if Steeler fans don’t bring up losing to old man Batch. Let’s call them both “upsets” and move on.

  17. “Harrison’s clearly a tier below guys such as Dumervil, Dwight Freeney and John Abraham because of his age (he turns 35 in May), but he played well for the Steelers last season.”

    How can he be a tier below Abraham because of this age when he is just two days older? And it’s not like Dwight Freeney is in the prime of his career. In fact, Harrison has more sacks over the last two years than Freeney.

    If we are going to call him a “tier below,” lets at least make sense and say it is because Harrison is a one-trick pony who had trouble staying on the field last year.

  18. fukpittsburgh says: Mar 24, 2013 8:03 PM

    I would never want that yellow hanky waving clown with his Steelers stink on him wearing my Ravens purple. Putrid.

    —–

    You do know that he was a member of the Ravens before he went to the Steelers, right?

    He was signed by Baltimore in late 2003, then sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, but eventually cut by the Ravens. (*Offseason and/or practice squad member only)

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