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.