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Harrison contract shows what a beating he took

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As it pertains to new Bengals linebacker James Harrison, we now have a dollar figure to attach to pride.

And his was costly.

According to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange, Harrison’s new two-year deal with the Bengals is worth $4.45 million, including a $1.2 million signing bonus.

The deal includes base salaries of $1.4 million and $1.1 million, workout bonuses of $100,000 each year, and per-game roster bonuses which could total $300,000 this year and $250,000 next year.

That means his maximum payout this year is $3 million.

Compare that to the what he could have made in Pittsburgh, and he clearly lost this offseason.

According to an earlier report, Harrison turned down a 30 percent pay cut from the Steelers, which included a chance to earn the balance back in incentives.

Based on the $6.57 million in base salary he would have received before he was released, that comes out to around $4.5 million this year.

So while he said he didn’t hate the Steelers, he’ll doubtless be motivated to make up the difference on the field twice this season.

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54 Responses to “Harrison contract shows what a beating he took”
  1. t8ertot says: Apr 24, 2013 11:07 AM

    Not that I’m complaining, but what happened to the old Mike Brown?

    Next thing you know, the Bengals might have their own practice facility.

  2. ickyfreakingwoods says: Apr 24, 2013 11:08 AM

    Making less than Maualuga.

  3. tv426 says: Apr 24, 2013 11:11 AM

    He has consistently prove over the course of his career that he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

  4. penguins49ers says: Apr 24, 2013 11:13 AM

    Can you imagine the beating his old lady is going to take?

  5. lovefootball4life says: Apr 24, 2013 11:14 AM

    Heard the Bengals loved him when they brought him in initially. He bared his soul and did an on field workout which is highly unusual for a player of his stature. This dude is a beast. I wish he wasn’t in the AFCN anymore but I wonder if the Steelers parted ways a year or two too soon.

  6. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 24, 2013 11:15 AM

    Ahahaha too hilarious! All I can picture is Rooney sitting in a chair in a dimly lit room saying “don’t ever go against the family” he did and lost big! Sad to see this old horse be put out to pasture… Especially to retire a bungle. My how the mighty have fallen!

  7. swharris says: Apr 24, 2013 11:17 AM

    Aging linebacker leaves 1.5 million on the table.With the incentives in the Steeler contract he could have made even more.Looks like James and his agent made a bad choice.

  8. joetoronto says: Apr 24, 2013 11:17 AM

    He took a beating just by agreeing to play for the Bungholes, nevermind the money.

    Now, he gets to wear pajamas and have absolutely nothing to look forward to.

  9. steelbydesign says: Apr 24, 2013 11:19 AM

    “he’ll doubtless be motivated to make up the difference on the field twice this season.”

    Why are you acting like he should want some sort of revenge on Pittsburgh? Doesn’t this prove that they were doing him a favor offering 4.5+?

    James turned down a fair offer, he has no reason to be pissed at Pittsburgh.

  10. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 24, 2013 11:25 AM

    Like steelbydesign said, why is he “motivated to make up the difference on the field twice this season?” The Steelers offered him more, he should be beating up the Bengals for not matching the Steelers offer.

    Anyways, it was a good move by the Steelers and a bad one by Harrison. He overvalued himself and lost out on the Steelers very generous offer.

  11. killerstiller says: Apr 24, 2013 11:26 AM

    He needs to be pissed at his agent! That’s who put him in this position. But, with the swinging gate we have at left tackle, God help Big Ben!

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 24, 2013 11:36 AM

    With that salary, he’ll still be able to afford plenty of humble pie.

  13. jprcox says: Apr 24, 2013 11:37 AM

    I really don’t understand the NFL. Where else would these players play football and get anything close to this kind of money. Teams bring the high salaries on themselves and I think the tide is starting to change. Team need to keep going in this direction, since we fans hurt when good players scram for better contracts.

    Except Revis at 16m per year. Ouch.

  14. stillers35 says: Apr 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    Lol. Fire your agent James. He made u believe u were gonna get more on the open market and u walked on the Steelers offer. Now all the Steelers fans mad cuz we didn’t sign him can chew on this

  15. morganstan100 says: Apr 24, 2013 11:45 AM

    If Rooney is being compared to the Godfather, he’s definitely started a gang war that he’s going to lose. After the Titans repeat their beatdown in Week 1, Harrison and the Bengals will show no mercy when the Steelers creep into Cincinnati with their tails between their legs. Can’t wait!

  16. modellforprez says: Apr 24, 2013 11:49 AM

    here is to hoping on the 1st snap he blows both those old ass knees cause i guarentee his old ass dont stay healthy all year. F**K shebo i’ll brick his ass like craig

  17. bengalboone says: Apr 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    What’s the big deal with the contract Harrison signed one accused of being cheap the other one would have been accused paying to much

  18. thehouseofho says: Apr 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    Why would the Steelers offering him a better contract than the Bengals give Harrison motivation against Pittsburgh? The Steelers were ready to overpay for his services and he turned them down. Sounds to me like he should be eating a big slice of humble pie.

  19. tigersblood1215 says: Apr 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    Obviously he wanted a crack at the playoffs again before retiring(Steelers will be lucky to finish 3rd in the dsivision)

  20. radrntn says: Apr 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    well maybe he can lay a cheap helmet shot on big ben, and all the steelers fans will come to his defense, and blame the hit on the commish

  21. vex24 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:09 PM

    It is sickening that NFL Owners do not have to Honor their original contractual agreements! I’m happy to see James Harrison as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals (I’m a Bengals’ fan), But I’m much more sickened by the way that these NFL Owners come out of this corrupt system looking like angels. James Harrison should have never been put in this position anyway. He’s more than earned his right to finish his CONTRACT with the Steelers. This issue, to me, isn’t about Fan loyalty…It’s about fair labor agreements!

  22. commonsensedude says: Apr 24, 2013 12:16 PM

    Is $3 million a year even enough to cover the cost of the league-imposed fines he gets every year?

  23. jay62107 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:18 PM

    Harrison didn’t wanna take the paycut because there were other players making more money but producing less than him.

  24. thesteelers says: Apr 24, 2013 12:27 PM

    You got what you asked for, James. Now your stuck with a loser. How does it feel? LOL

  25. bobby2478 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:28 PM

    I understand why he didn’t want to take the pay cut, but he has failed to realize the new normal in the NFL. Teams no longer pay older veterans much of anything, excluding a few exceptions. And the fact the Steelers were offering him the chance to make up the difference with incentives, means he could have ended up with no pay cut.

    His agent did him a disservice by not accurately telling Harrison what his real market value was. If he knew he would have to take even less, with no incentives, then he would have got from the Steelers, he would have been happy to stay put in Pittsburgh.

  26. jessethegreat says: Apr 24, 2013 12:31 PM

    He wanted the chance to compete for the playoffs. Dude already made a lot of money in the league, so signing with Cinci wasn’t about the money. It was about respect and proving the Stillers wrong.

  27. olcap says: Apr 24, 2013 12:34 PM

    So you’re saying that, becaus of his own stupidity, Harrison will have incentive to “take it out” on the Steelers twice this year? LOL.

    You’re probably right though. In today’s world that seems to be more full of imbeciles than intelligent people, one does not have to go to extremes to imagine Harrison saying to himself, “The Steelers would have paid me more than I am making now with the Bengals, but I wanted more than that, so now I am MAD that I am making less. GRRRR – look out Steelers, I’m coming after YOU for what I did to myself.”

  28. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 24, 2013 12:35 PM

    Cincy, don’t maintain eye contact too long, always laugh at his jokes, sit down when you pee, and Deebo can be your best friend.

  29. shaunypoo says: Apr 24, 2013 12:36 PM

    They have a fair labor agreement. They bargained for it and signed off on it. They can get more guaranteed money for less overall money. Don’t like it, quit complaining and work to change it.

    It isn’t that he is pissed at the Steelers, it’s that he is bitter. I hope he contributes.

  30. Stiller43 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    Assuming he got the advice that the steelers deal was too little for his market value was bad….shouldnt he have been fired? I’d be pretty upset if someone im paying to help me costs me that much money.

  31. giantssb42champs says: Apr 24, 2013 12:46 PM

    Karma. Talk to belichick about it.

  32. si1m says: Apr 24, 2013 12:56 PM

    Mike brown

  33. drone501 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:01 PM

    bad contract plus he has to live in cincinnati brutal

  34. walkinginthewasteland says: Apr 24, 2013 1:02 PM

    It is awesome that NFL Owners do not have to Honor bad contractual agreements! I’m depressed to see Silverback in ugly striped pajamas as a member of the Cincitucky Bungles. Unlike Baseball and Basketball in the NFL teams can jettison ridiculous contracts, instead of being tied to inflated contracts that have nothing to do with a players value. A far superior system.

  35. walkinginthewasteland says: Apr 24, 2013 1:04 PM

    “He wanted the chance to compete for the playoffs. Dude already made a lot of money in the league, so signing with Cinci wasn’t about the money. ”

    Right, and competing for the playoffs has historically been why players end up on the Bungles!

  36. flickaboogie says: Apr 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    It’s not always about the money, sometimes you just have to get off a sinking ship.

  37. Rick Ucchino says: Apr 24, 2013 1:21 PM

    Still love how everyone in Pittsburgh clings to the past.

    Egotistical Steelers Fan: “Argh 6 Superbowls! 6 Superbowls! Bungals suck! Hahahahaha!!! I’m so awesome cuz I live in Pittsburgh!”

    To ESF: Last time I checked it was the Bengals who sent your beloved Steelers packing last season. Last time I checked the Bengals have been in the playoffs 3 of the last 4 years, and last time I check they have one of the best defenses in the league and an up and coming offense.

    More importantly players are actually taking pay cuts to come to Cincinnati. Unlike the players *coughmikewallacecough* who can’t wait to get run out the door in the Steel City.

    Change is coming, and may already be here. Have fun clinging to the past Steelers fans, while the Bengals look towards a brighter future.

  38. geezohman says: Apr 24, 2013 1:24 PM

    ADVICE AND MORAL to the story.

    At work, when someone else can do you job no matter what the salary, take the first offer.

    At work when NO one else can basically do your job, then negogiate what you can get. “You DON”T get what you deserve, you get what you negogiate” (Airline Magazine ad).

    Just ask Peyton Manning or James Harrison

  39. morganstan100 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    It’s not always about the money, sometimes you just have to get off a sinking ship.

    Agreed. Who wants to be the laughingstock of the NFL? I mean, c’mon. That tired old six rings bit goes only so far. Better to be on the field watching panicky Big Ben toss wobbly checkdowns and aimless Hail Marys than sitting on the sidelines waiting to bail him out every week.

  40. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 24, 2013 1:31 PM

    Considering he came back to the Steelers with his tail between his legs and talks with the Bengals “hit a significant snag” I seriously doubt he preferred the Bengals as a team over the Steelers.

  41. morganstan100 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:52 PM

    Uh…check your facts. Harrison left the Steelers and headed straight to Baltimore. You know, that dump of a town with all those dirty people? He then went back to Pittsburgh and had the door slammed in his face. Way to treat your veterans. When a Raven wants more $, the FO lets him see what’s out there first so he doesn’t have to swallow his pride just to remain on the roster. We may be dirty but we are human beings.

  42. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 24, 2013 1:55 PM

    steelbydesign says: Apr 24, 2013 11:19 AM

    “he’ll doubtless be motivated to make up the difference on the field twice this season.”

    Why are you acting like he should want some sort of revenge on Pittsburgh? Doesn’t this prove that they were doing him a favor offering 4.5+?

    James turned down a fair offer, he has no reason to be pissed at Pittsburgh.
    ————————————————————-
    You are assuming a logical thought process that he doesn’t possess. It wouldn’t be strange at all for him to blame them for his mistake. People do it all the time.

  43. jg725 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:58 PM

    thesteelers says:Apr 24, 2013 12:27 PM

    “You got what you asked for, James. Now your stuck with a loser. How does it feel? LOL”

    Might want to re-think taht one – Bengals are a better team right now.

    I’m not a Bengal fan – that’s just an objective observation

  44. hlmatty1 says: Apr 24, 2013 2:32 PM

    What people fail to understand is that the Steelers have $1 million or less with which to sign all of their rookie (usually need around $5 million) and provide for the anticipate players you will need when players start dropping like flies. For example, the Bengals had to pay Jeff Faine $2 million when the B’s lost their center. As a result, the Steelers need to reduce some contracts further or drop some guys. If harrison were still there, they would have dropped him anyway or not have signed the FA’s they did or both.

  45. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 24, 2013 2:33 PM

    Man feel for the guy, the expense for lotion to keep his oversized melon from getting ashy will eat up the mojority of his yearly salary. Usually, people with giant gourd like heads can defend themselves by saying ” big head equals big brain” , James, no dice.

  46. rodgers419 says: Apr 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    The Steelers lost out on more than James did. Harrison would still be the best LB on that team.

    Woodley quit after his big contract. Timmons is average on a good day. Their other ILB is a nobody.

    Pittsburgh finished 8-8 and has only gotten worse. The paycut is worth being on a contender. Welcome to #3 in the AFCN, Pittsburgh.

  47. mwindle1973 says: Apr 24, 2013 4:19 PM

    morganstan100 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:52 PM

    Uh…check your facts. Harrison left the Steelers and headed straight to Baltimore. You know, that dump of a town with all those dirty people? He then went back to Pittsburgh and had the door slammed in his face. Way to treat your veterans. When a Raven wants more $, the FO lets him see what’s out there first so he doesn’t have to swallow his pride just to remain on the roster. We may be dirty but we are human beings.

    —————

    That’s not the facts. The facts are he went straight for the phone and called Marvin Lewis. When the Bengals didn’t call back with an offer, then he went to Baltimore. Who then passed on him for Dumervil. Then he went back to Pittsburgh to be told they didn’t want him. Then The Bengals then approached Harrison. Either way it’s a win, win for both IMO. The Bengals are in a low risk money position, and have likely upgraded their starting SAM position. And added another pass rusher, to last year’s crew that had 51 sacks. On Pittsburgh’s D he was the guy to key on leading the team with 6 sacks. On the Bengals he will be one of 5 guys who had 6 or more sacks last year.

  48. blackngold4life says: Apr 24, 2013 4:37 PM

    Slow down Bungals fans..the only reason you made the playoffs is because the Steelers droopd 4/7 at the end. They controlled your destiny untill week 15..

  49. bigbensbailbondsman says: Apr 24, 2013 6:52 PM

    James Harrison is like the Oprah of handing out concussions…too bad he is too old and slow to actually hit anybody anymore.

  50. lovefootball4life says: Apr 24, 2013 7:15 PM

    This is what worries me as a Ravens fan. Last year the Bengals team averaged 26 years old. 22nd of 32 teams. Dalton and Green will be third year players and made the playoff in both their first years. The law firm is only 27 years old. Gresham is a pretty decent TE. Another receiver for Dalton, a change of pace for BJGE and they look pretty strong and are only getting stronger as they mature.

    I’m more worried about Bengals than the Steelers next year. Steelers have a lot of “reloading” especially for a team focused on the run (LOL) and a QB looking at the wrong side of 30.

  51. morganstan100 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:51 PM

    Nobody is worried about the Steelers anymore. That team is cursed.

  52. mmmpierogi says: Apr 25, 2013 9:17 PM

    jessethegreat says:
    Apr 24, 2013 12:31 PM
    He wanted the chance to compete for the playoffs. Dude already made a lot of money in the league, so signing with Cinci wasn’t about the money.

    *********************************************************************

    You’re right, it wasn’t about the money. It was about Baltimore and Pittsburgh not offering him a job first (Pittsburgh saying no after Baltimore told him no thanks following the Dumervil signing). Gotta make a buck doing something, I guess.

  53. lo6icalvoice says: Apr 26, 2013 11:05 AM

    @t8ertot. What happened was Mike Brown finally owns 100% of the team..

    Until recently he shared ownership and was pinching pennies to payoff other shareholders… Now that Mikey boy owns 100% of the team, that means more money in his pocket if the team does well.

  54. bigbadal21 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:05 AM

    tigersblood1215 says:Apr 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    Obviously he wanted a crack at the playoffs again before retiring(Steelers will be lucky to finish 3rd in the dsivision)

    Maybe you should wait until your team wins a playoff game before your swelled head explodes.

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