James Harrison says goodbye to Bengals fans

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There’s been no official word out of Cincinnati nor any reports from media members covering the team, but it seems linebacker James Harrison’s stay with the Bengals is over after one year.

Harrison joined the Bengals last year after being released by the Steelers and played a much smaller role on the defense than he did during his days in Pittsburgh. Harrison held up well against the run, but got just two sacks in 15 games. It doesn’t appear they’ll be getting any more in 2014 after Harrison took to Twitter to say goodbye and thanks to Bengals fans.

It reads like Harrison, who was set to make $1.1 million with another $250,000 available via per-game roster bonuses, has been released rather than that he’s decided to retire. If he has been released, it may be a precursor to a retirement announcement as Harrison turns 36 in June and is clearly nearing the end of the line if he isn’t already there.

UPDATE 1:53 p.m. ET: The Bengals have announced Harrison’s release.

31 responses to “James Harrison says goodbye to Bengals fans

  1. I’m a ravens fan, but he was ALWAYS a guy I respected and I liked how he played the game, obviously from when he was in Pittsburgh. Sucks that the league took so much money from him for what were for the MOST part just great hits.

  2. If he retires, I give him 3 months till he ends up in jail. At least being in jail is better than playing for a team that can’t win a playoff game.

    #ravensowntheasfn
    #jealousofourrings

  3. Thanks for a solid effort this past year……even though you’ll be going in the HOF as a member of the Stillers, you were a hell of a player…..and you played the game the right way.
    WHO DEY!

  4. Oh and remember when people jumped on his sarcastic statement about taking players legs out?

    I’m still waiting for those same morons to apologize as he called it correct. That’s the trend defensive players have gone, can’t go high so they go low.

  5. Watch NE pick him up and get a quality year or two out of him…they are very good at extending the careers of previously great, “long in the tooth with a chip on their shoulder” defensive players.

  6. Harrison, a great recipient of the HGH program the Steelers had under their long, and trusted, team doctor.

  7. I follow him on Twitter, he is not retiring.. He has commented numerous times about next season and the workouts he has been doing. Would like to see him come back and mentor the young guys for 1 year… Then walk away a Steeler

  8. Every career comes to an end sooner or later, even the good ones. I’ll always remember Debo flying off the end crushing QB’s for the black and gold. Good luck in life after football, Harrison.

  9. You have to respect his play and his effort, but he didn’t really have a role last year. He had a few plays that looked like the real James Harrison – good once as I ever was – but that was about it. I hope he can find a better fit for next year with someone else.

  10. The dude is real life crazy. Few teams are going to be interested in dealing with him. He should get some acting lessons and see if he can do a couple of action type movies. Maybe even just skip the acting and make it a documentary.

  11. From both a money standpoint and a service standpoint, he should have taken what the Steelers offered him the first time. With the Steelers lack of depth at outside linebacker, he could be worth the vet minimum contract though. If he doesn’t make the roster no harm to him and no loss for the Steelers. Why not?

  12. One of my all-time favorite Steelers. He should have been the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals.

    After Big Bum threw a pick at his own 33 with two minutes left in the first half the Cards were driving for a TD when Harrison made what was essentially a 14 point play.

    Without that amazing 100 yard interception return TD by Harrison Big Bum and his lucky 20 points of offense don’t come close to winning and Big Bum would go down as a Grade-A GOAT in all three of the Super Bowls he played in.

  13. Harrison is a great player but isn’t a good fit for the Bengals system. And as far as the comment about us losing good players: We’ve lost Michael Johnson, which we knew would happen when we extended Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap last year. We lost a backup tackle in Anthony Collins and a #4 WR in Hawkins. Hawkins is the biggest unexpected loss. We all knew we were losing MJ, who is a great player.

  14. Much love and respect for Harrison. Appreciate the Bengals giving him a home last year. If he wants to keep playing, I’d be happy to see him back in Pittsburgh or wish him a good place to land. If he’s ready to retire, hope he’ll do so in the black and gold as Joey did.

  15. Should have just took the $ in Pittsburgh and retired a Steeler! I love this dude..He fit the mold of STEELERD linebackers to perfection

  16. Harrison is one of my favorite Steelers. I hope we can sign him for more year to help the younger players learn the defense and be a run stopper. He needs to be back in the Black and Gold.

  17. We need him back! Debo was visibly upset when speaking about missing Coach last season. Come on Steelers lets work this out and get him back on a one year deal. We need the experience at outside linebacker If nothing else he can help Jarvis and Jason along in understanding the defense better

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