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Harrison’s agent declares door open to Steelers return

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Other than Elvis Dumervil’s fax machine and former agent, maybe no one’s had a rougher free agency than James Harrison.

Not only did the former Steelers outside linebacker lose when he called the Steelers bluff on a pay cut, then he lost his chance at another job when Dumervil signed with the Ravens while he was there for a visit.

Now, he’s trying to crawl back to the Steelers. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Harrison’s agent “has not closed the door on his client returning to [Pittsburgh] and would welcome a call from Steelers.”

I suppose he would.

Harrison might be the guy without a chair when the pass-rushers all settle into place. And when he does, it’s hard to imagine he’ll approach anything close to the $6.57 million he was supposed to make this year. Or maybe even the 30-percent pay cut the Steelers offered, with the chance to earn the balance back in incentives.

If they can push through the hurt feelings, having Harrison back might help, as going into an AFC arms race with Jason Worilds opposite LaMarr Woodley at outside linebacker isn’t an ideal situation. But overcoming pride can be a difficult thing.

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34 Responses to “Harrison’s agent declares door open to Steelers return”
  1. ingraven says: Mar 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    Must be TOUGH out there.

  2. steelbydesign says: Mar 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    The Steelers should give him a call. They obviously wanted to keep him because they don’t trust anyone else on the roster currently.

    They also have all of the leverage now that James knows he’s not wanted by anyone else.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    We LOL at the Steelers here in DC. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  4. steelerchicken says: Mar 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    I would fire the agent!

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    Tough luck.

    One moment you are their super bowl hero, another moment, they are spitting you like a bitter brew.

  6. stevincinci says: Mar 25, 2013 2:43 PM

    AFC North 3rd place for the Steelers again in 2013-14.

  7. ccjcsr says: Mar 25, 2013 2:43 PM

    Sounds like nobody wants him on the open market!

  8. Stiller43 says: Mar 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    It didnt take long for his tail to tuck between his legs, now did it?

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    RavenzGunnerz | Mar 25, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
    Tough luck.

    One moment you are their super bowl hero, another moment, they are spitting you like a bitter brew.

    Ditto Boldin , Kruger, Ellerbie etc….pretty silly post even for a raven fan when your team turned their back so many times…I got it raven logic not what we do its what we say….weak sauce.

  10. billygoat says: Mar 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    I think he has another good year left in him. Wouldn’t sign him for longer than 2 though.

  11. blackngold4life says: Mar 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    May be the ONLY door that’s open for him sence nobody is bangin on his. Worilds had a productive year inplace of Harrison but even did better inplace of Woodley so i dont see all the negative reports on him..think he finished with 6 sacks? Same as Harrison and LaMarr..Still think we draft a PASS RUSHER in the 1st 3 rounds. That being said I wouldn’t mind DeeBo commin back..he should be completely healthy.Question is do the Steelers have the $ Now that they had when He turnd down that 30% paycut?? Pride and Greedy agents are a bad combo for a Vet in the NFL

  12. ravenkiller1986 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:02 PM

    Hey well bring his greedy ass back for the right price.doesnt mean hes gonna start. lol.

  13. shotgunformation5wide says: Mar 25, 2013 3:13 PM

    I think the front office will make the right call, on this one. Although, you can’t blame James nor his agent. No one could have predicted a fax machine snafu! Otherwise, … he’d be signing with Baltimore, possibly.

  14. FinFan68 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:25 PM

    Not only did the former Steelers outside linebacker lose when he called the Steelers bluff on a pay cut,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It wasn’t a bluff. He said no to a pay cut and got cut from the roster. If anyone was bluffing it was James saying he would not take less money to play in Pittsburgh since he is now trying to crawl back

  15. Just a Fan says: Mar 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    Steeler Nation will welcome him home. Come back home James we miss you already. Just wouldn’t be right to finish your career any where else! Name is still on the locker, just don’t be a Ed Reed and chase the money.

  16. getyourownname says: Mar 25, 2013 3:33 PM

    How his (commission-based?) agent let him turn down the last Steeler offer is a mystery.

    And if the agent told him to do that, Harrison should fire him.

  17. denverwally says: Mar 25, 2013 3:40 PM

    I’m a bit suprised the Pats haven’t even brought him in for a chat since they are clearly in the market. They have kicked the tires on Freeney and Abraham, I would put Harrison in that group of outside rushers. Maybe they will, who knows.

  18. stillers1229 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    Why isn’t Worilds an ideal situation? The guy had great numbers in limited time last year. I’m excited to see what he can do as a starter.

  19. emmac13 says: Mar 25, 2013 3:50 PM

    For a guy that is usually on the giving end of knock out hits. This offseason he recieved one.

  20. lovefootball4life says: Mar 25, 2013 3:51 PM

    I would have figured he’d get more interest than this. Pass rushers are valuable. What’s wrong with him. Is he perceived to be too old or is he over priced? Must be younger than Freeney…

  21. edisbetterthantroy says: Mar 25, 2013 3:53 PM

    I think there’s an opening on my flag football team? Oh wait, we don’t need you either…

    Elvis > James

  22. outlawjerseywhales says: Mar 25, 2013 3:58 PM

    Just a Fan says:Mar 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    “… just don’t be a Ed Reed and chase the money…”

    ———————————————————————

    Newsflash… he already did “chase the money”. All zero dollars of it.
    Unlike Ed Reed who still had some cachet left.
    So Ed Reed retired. To Houston!

  23. stangz11 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:11 PM

    Well sure, now that nobody else wanted him

  24. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 25, 2013 4:21 PM

    Isn’t this at least somewhat like the case of Ray Lewis shopping himself and then coming back to the Ravens a few years back?

    Home, James!

    Now we could draft that WR No. 1!

  25. ravenmuscle says: Mar 25, 2013 4:22 PM

    The AGING Steeler defense is the perfect spot for a VERY AGING linebacker with a bad back and bad legs.
    Meanwhile the Ravens are LOADED with YOUNG and Blazing fast defensive players now they got rid of all the deadwood that other teams grossly overpaid for.
    Kruger…$8 million a year…bwaahaahahaa
    Ellerbe $7 million a year…bwaahaaahaahaahaa…Pollard a toal waste in pass coverage…bwaahaahaahaa.
    Ed Reed 35 years old who lost TWO steps..can’t tackle…and guesses where he MIGHT get an interception. Three years and $15 million from Texas…bwaahaahaahaaa.

    Ozzie will use those TWELVE draft picks to totally restock our secondary after we also sign Michael Huff.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    The AGING Steeler defense is the perfect spot for a VERY AGING linebacker with a bad back and bad legs.
    Meanwhile the Ravens are LOADED with YOUNG and Blazing fast defensive players now they got rid of all the deadwood that other teams grossly overpaid for.
    Kruger…$8 million a year…bwaahaahahaa
    Ellerbe $7 million a year…bwaahaaahaahaahaa…Pollard a toal waste in pass coverage…bwaahaahaahaa.
    Ed Reed 35 years old who lost TWO steps..can’t tackle…and guesses where he MIGHT get an interception. Three years and $15 million from Texas…bwaahaahaahaaa.

    Ozzie will use those TWELVE draft picks to totally restock our secondary after we also sign Michael Huff.

    Sad to see you went off the meds…maybe you need to see someone about your delusions of grandeur. You need to be more grounded in reality…there is hope you just need help.

  27. dontstabmeray says: Mar 25, 2013 4:46 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Mar 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    We LOL at the Steelers here in DC. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

    _________________________________

    I LOL’ed when the Steelers beat up the deadskins back in October.

  28. thehouse27 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:48 PM

    @logicalvoicesays: you lol at the steelers in Washington? Oh that’s right I forgot the redskins make all the right offseason moves. How many superbowls they win? Right. Burgundy standard? Roflmao. I guess the burgundy standard is not winning, making bad signings, and having a owner who doesn’t know his rear from his front. I’ll gladly stick with the Rooneys and the black and gold. Most teams are only hated because of envy. Have fun NEVER winning a Super Bowl with RG3.

  29. steelcurtainn says: Mar 25, 2013 5:09 PM

    The steelers had the number one defense last year and will probably have the number one defense this year unlike the ravens 26th defensive ranking. I’d take James Harrison back at least one more year or at least until the steelers can replace him with Worilds or a young stud lb in the draft. He had a strong second half last year and he’s better then most lb’s out there.

  30. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 25, 2013 5:26 PM

    Why do Ravens fans have to make idiotic comments on every Steeler story? I have never seen a fan base so jealous of another team before. And before you spew your 18 years in a row of making the playoffs and your 23 draft picks and your LOADED and TALENTED roster that has not yet played 1 game down, the steelers are 24-15 lifetime against the Ravens, 3-0 in the playoffs, 1-0 in AFC Championship games and the Steelers have won the division 8 time since the Ravens left Cleveland while the Ravens have won 4 division titles (with 2 coming just recently). If and when the Ravens can even out those numbers, then you have the right to talk.

  31. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 25, 2013 5:29 PM

    I personally respect the Redskins and their fans. They had to deal with Colts fans jumping ship, then renouncing the Ravens after Model did to the Browns what was done to the Colts, only to jump ship back to the Ravens after the Ravens played better than the Skins. I saw RG3 play in person last year and when healthy, this guy is awesome. If he was not injured last year, the Skins could have made it to the Super Bowl.

  32. Deb says: Mar 25, 2013 6:15 PM

    He just needed time to grasp reality. Now that he has, please Pittsburgh, get it done.

  33. Moudabo says: Mar 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    When healthy, Harrison seldom missed a defensive snap. He was a tenacious warrior and workhorse. At his age now, I think he would benefit from being a part of a rotation to give him a break.
    I hope the Steelers do sign him to a reasonable 2-yrs contract and finishes his career in Pittsburgh. Money aside, the fit is just right.

    BTW, I have to laugh at ‘logical voices’ from Dc trying to make fun of the Steelers. Seems to me, when the Steelers play in DC, the standard is Black and Gold, and it always feels like a home field advantage. So, don’t believe what those crazy voices in your head say.

  34. steel2372 says: Mar 25, 2013 6:58 PM

    We welcome him back to Steelers nation. James is a beast when he is healthy. Might not be at a bad price right now either. Definitely give him a call Colbert!

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