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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.

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31 Responses to “James Harrison says goodbye to Bengals fans”
  1. steelbydesign says: Mar 13, 2014 1:24 PM

    I’d still take him 1 more year in Pittsburgh.

  2. lombardiwinners2013 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:24 PM

    Mad respect for Harrison. As a Ravens’ fan, he was the guy we always accounted for on that defense.

  3. youtubeingravenvids says: Mar 13, 2014 1:26 PM

    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.

  4. scoops1 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:27 PM

    hope he goes to a team that is going to end up on Hard Knocks!!!

  5. bettis3636 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:28 PM

    Back to Pittsburgh for a one day contract to retire a Steelers..

  6. ravanator says: Mar 13, 2014 1:28 PM

    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

  7. bettis3636 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:29 PM

    *Steeler!

  8. p4hbiz says: Mar 13, 2014 1:29 PM

    A One year deal w/ the Raiders might be on the horizon.

  9. bengalguy says: Mar 13, 2014 1:30 PM

    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!

  10. h8glazersgobucs says: Mar 13, 2014 1:31 PM

    Seems like the Bengals actually had a decent team last year and have been blowing it up? So many Free agents walking to take more money at crappier teams!

  11. orivar says: Mar 13, 2014 1:36 PM

    He was a wall against the run.

  12. orivar says: Mar 13, 2014 1:38 PM

    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.

  13. gatorprof says: Mar 13, 2014 1:41 PM

    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.

  14. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 13, 2014 1:41 PM

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

  15. quickdraw85 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:42 PM

    I guess the grass wasn’t greener after all James. Greed always has a way of biting you in the _ _ _ :). GO STEELERS!!!

  16. mikethesteelerfan says: Mar 13, 2014 1:45 PM

    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

  17. drgreenstreak says: Mar 13, 2014 1:45 PM

    Harrison – psycho, bully, crybaby….. retired

  18. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2014 1:49 PM

    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.

  19. bengalsbilly says: Mar 13, 2014 1:52 PM

    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.

  20. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 13, 2014 1:53 PM

    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.

  21. Six Rings says: Mar 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    He’s coming back to Pittsburgh with a smaller contract than he should have taken in the first place.

  22. clashpoint says: Mar 13, 2014 2:07 PM

    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?

  23. stillers213 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    I will never forget James slamming that Brown’s fan to the turf after he ran out on the field. That was epic!

  24. citizenstrange says: Mar 13, 2014 2:29 PM

    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.

  25. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    I wonder if they even knew he was there.

  26. bonniebengal says: Mar 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    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.

  27. Deb says: Mar 13, 2014 6:55 PM

    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.

  28. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2014 9:17 PM

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

  29. steel2372 says: Mar 13, 2014 11:27 PM

    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.

  30. steel2372 says: Mar 14, 2014 8:53 AM

    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

  31. jimmyjames65 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:06 PM

    Raiders look like a good fit.

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