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Bengals announce acquisition of James Harrison

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Three teams in the AFC North (and, specifically, their starting quarterbacks) may need the products Tony Siragusa is now pushing, now that linebacker James Harrison officially has joined the Bengals.

The Bengals announced the move this morning.

“James has been a dominant player on a team with a history of dominant defense,” coach Marvin Lewis said.  “He has made a great number of game-deciding plays, and he brings us help in a position area we had planned to improve either through the draft or with a veteran signing.  He will be a physical player against the run and will improve our pressure on the quarterback.”

It’s unclear precisely how Harrison will be used in passing situations, given that the Bengals use a base 4-3 defense and Harrison has spent his career in a 3-4.  Possibly, he’ll switch to defensive end, with one of the ends sliding inside.

The departure of Harrison from Pittsburgh creates a need for the Steelers.  Coincidentally, we can ask Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert about that, on Tuesday’s PFT Live.

Coincidentally, Colbert will be preceded on the show by Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, whom many think would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh.

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19 Responses to “Bengals announce acquisition of James Harrison”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 23, 2013 10:44 AM

    Seeing him struggle in pass coverage year after year, he will not excel in a 4-3 defense. Unless he puts on about 20 lbs and doesn’t lose his motor as a result.

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 23, 2013 10:50 AM

    Still good for a couple cheap shots a game when he gets free…but other than that, he just can’t shed blocks anymore.

  3. morganstan100 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:14 AM

    Cincinnati is going to maul the Steelers this year and make their fans eat their own sour grapes.

  4. dashrendar1 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:14 AM

    Harrison, Atkins and Michael Johnson could all have 10+ sack seasons this year.

  5. ridnaway says: Apr 23, 2013 11:16 AM

    I’ll bet Dick LeBeau would love to have him back. And I bet Mike Zimmer is thrilled to have him.

  6. cfeeley52 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:19 AM

    Oh wow how can the Steelers possibly replace him? Their whole defense is entirely gutted, there’s no way they find the parts they need this season. All the veterans on this team are gone now they are completely doomed, there’s no way the could possibly win a single game this season.

    Pretty annoying isn’t it…

  7. sellout1983 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    So when he lowers his helmet and concusses a Steelers player will Steeler fans complain?

  8. st33l3r522 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    maybe we’ll see him once this year….. i hate to do this and would never hope it, but i wouldnt be suprised by a career-threatening injury

  9. st33l3r522 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:35 AM

    just think of how he replaced joey porter, than rethink your comment….. haters!

  10. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 23, 2013 11:37 AM

    I love teams that take our throwaways! Bungles can have him. He’s injury riddled. James wouldn’t take a pay cut and then when he found out nobody wanted him. Then his agent contacted the Steelers and the Steelers said no way. He can be angry all he wants. He won’t do nothing against the Steelers. We have monsters on the offensive line now. They may end up snapping James spine!

  11. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2013 11:56 AM

    He can show those losers what a Super Bowl ring looks like, that’s about it though.

  12. bengalskuta82 says: Apr 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    Ok,now you have Carlos Dunlap , Michael Johnson, Geno Atkins and James Harrison.
    How in the world are these Ratbirds in the AFC North gonna block them.
    I can see Flacco and Big Ben running for their lives.hahahaha

  13. bengalsfan73 says: Apr 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    I like how Steelers fans say that Bengals take their throwaways. If they look at their own team now and in the past, you might see some former Bengals on it. Need I remember you that it was Kimo von Olhoffen, a former Bengal, who cheap shotted Carson and wrecked his career in the 2005 playoff game that lead to the superbowl against the Seahawks in which they gave the game to Big Ben at the goal line even though he was down. And now you have our castoff in Bruce Gradkowski. But as far as James Harrison goes, I will gladly take him because it will be nice to have another feared presence on our defense. He is going to give this team an attitude that they have never had before and I cannot wait till we show everyone what we can do. If we add a solid safety in this draft then our defense is going to be in the top 5 again and then I cant wait to hear how we made a mistake on signing an old washed up James Harrison because in this defense he can get double digit sacks this year. WHO DEY!!!!!!!

  14. si1m says: Apr 23, 2013 12:39 PM

    Hope James Harrison has a good deep ball; would be nice to see CIN score an offensive TD in the playoffs sometime this decade

  15. crip2nite says: Apr 23, 2013 12:39 PM

    Bungals have come full circle. Any steeler fan that makes a comment on this subject again is truly worried about being left out of the playoffs once again.

  16. navyeoddavee9 says: Apr 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    Marvin got it right: HAS BEEN dominant

  17. scoobies05 says: Apr 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    credit to the bengals on 2 straight playoff appearances. and if used properly harrison will have value for them, especially during steeler weeks. but you all have a ways to go before you can spout off against balto or pitt. go ravens

  18. lakermetskins says: Apr 23, 2013 11:49 PM

    Too bad for Cleveland Browns offensive players!

    This guy’s killed more Browns than cholesterol.

  19. raybguilty says: Apr 24, 2013 7:14 AM

    Very curious how the terms of Harrison’s contract are being hidden.

    I will make a SWAG here –
    he’s getting under 3 mil per year and
    is embarrassed.

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