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Adam Jones: James Harrison can put “stamp” on Bengals

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It didn’t take a long look at James Harrison’s free agent visits to know he wanted to stick it to the Steelers after he turned down a pay cut and was released this offseason.

But after meeting the Ravens and settling with the Bengals, Harrison admitted there is a motivation against his new rivals in the AFC North.

“I understand it’s a business, so it’s not like I can take it personally,” Harrison said in his first interview with Cincinnati reporters, via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website. “But to say that it doesn’t motivate me in some sense it would be a lie.”

That kind of edge has already been made evident to his new teammates, who think Harrison can add the kind of attitude they need.

“He gives you that swagger and that seal,” cornerback Adam Jones said. “When you mail out the letter you have to make sure you put a stamp on it. Well, he’s the stamp.”

The Bengals were already good, but definitely needed something to make the next push. Much like the Texans signing Ed Reed, Harrison’s biggest contribution may well be intangible.

And it sounds like it’s already working.

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21 Responses to “Adam Jones: James Harrison can put “stamp” on Bengals”
  1. datd00d says: May 14, 2013 4:09 PM

    Anyone remember when James Harrison picked up / Hulk-smashed Pac-Man on a punt return in Pittsburgh? I think there’s still a crater in the middle of Heinz Field.

  2. kinggator says: May 14, 2013 4:09 PM

    JH has to love that endorsement from the “Rainmaker” – who is this Adam cat anyway?

  3. crownofthehelmet says: May 14, 2013 4:13 PM

    Adam Jones said, “When you mail out the letter you have to make sure you put a stamp on it. Well, he’s the stamp.”
    ——————————————————
    Then expect your mail to get there (a step) late, if at all.

  4. vex24 says: May 14, 2013 4:15 PM

    The ravens/steelers rivalry may take a deep backseat to the Bengals/steelers rivalry in 2013. Welcome to da Jungle, JH… glad it’s now your home. Whooooo Deeey!!!!

  5. pgh15212 says: May 14, 2013 4:15 PM

    20 plus years and counting! Keep telling yourselves this is the year.

  6. navyeoddavee9 says: May 14, 2013 4:16 PM

    If he would have took, the pay cut, he would still be making more money, than the bengals gave him. His agent is the one he should be pissed off at

  7. steelhammer92 says: May 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    No reason to be upset. The Steelers offered more than the Bengals did.

  8. sellout1983 says: May 14, 2013 4:42 PM

    So when he leads with the helmet and concusses a Steeler player will Pittsburgh fans cry foul?

  9. prmpft says: May 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    He’s seen some “stamps” before at the scrip club. He should know what one looks like.

  10. wtgriffin says: May 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    Wow, what a surprise. More of the standard Steeler fan response: now that you are not on my team, you stink. Wallace, Harrison, or whomever, the response is the same. It all sounds like Taylor Swift singing a song about an ex-boyfriend. The team let him go, so can you.

  11. t8ertot says: May 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    He just wanted to play for the better team

  12. Stiller43 says: May 14, 2013 4:55 PM

    Wow he does NOT look right with the orange and black around him

  13. granadafan says: May 14, 2013 5:13 PM

    Yup, when the Bungles quit and mail it in at the end of the year, old man Harrison will provide that stamp.

    Also, mail is slow. Modern teams email, text, or Tweet.

  14. Joemontanaflacco says: May 14, 2013 5:33 PM

    He’s going to destroy the Steelers. Big Ben will be running for the lockers like a scared little kitty.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: May 14, 2013 5:52 PM

    He obviously isn’t good enough to play for the Steelers anymore, but I have to admit I’m going to miss his regular strip sacks of Flacco.

  16. Uncle Charlie says: May 14, 2013 7:03 PM

    “Harrison’s biggest contribution may well be intangible.”

    Too bad only quarterbacks can win you games in the NFL.

  17. mmmpierogi says: May 14, 2013 8:54 PM

    It didn’t take a long look at James Harrison’s free agent visits to know he wanted to stick it to the Steelers after he turned down a pay cut and was released this offseason.

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

    Seriously — is it possible for the media to trump up this non-existent Harrison vs. Steelers angle anymore?

    The guy wouldn’t accept a contract that included a pay cut with the OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM TO EARN THE CUT BACK. Then the Ravens didn’t want him because they got Dumervil, and by the time he came back to the Steelers, the money that would have gotten allocated to Harrison had been allocated elsewhere.

    The only ones that Harrison should want to stick it to are himself and his agent for getting himself stuck with a team where the most meaningful distinction on a yearly basis is to be Ohio’s less embarrassing NFL organization. Nothing against Harrison because I realize, too, that it’s just a business, but good luck with that.

  18. bobzilla1001 says: May 14, 2013 9:25 PM

    steelhammer:
    There’s plenty of reason for Harrison to be upset: The Steelers refused to honor a contract both parties had agreed to honor. Pretty simple.
    They didn’t ask him to restructure; they demanded he take a pay cut. Now it’s time to pay the piper for a couple of seasons…

  19. joetoronto says: May 15, 2013 5:20 AM

    There sure is a lot of big talk coming from a team that has never won a damn thing.

    Talk is cheap and as long as that noodle armed ginger is your QB, you’re not winning anything.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: May 15, 2013 11:58 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    May 14, 2013 5:52 PM
    I have to admit I’m going to miss his regular strip sacks of Flacco.

    You’re going to miss a lot more than that when the Ravens, Browns, and Bengals take turns running back Big Ben’s wobbly desperation passes for touchdowns.

  21. Sometimes Interesting says: May 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    I read the headline & immediately thought Pacman was going to make a joke about Harrison not delivering on Sundays.

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