James Harrison, Santonio Holmes want to return to Pittsburgh

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Super Bowl XLIII featured a pair of memorable touchdowns at the end of each half.  One came on a 100-interception return as the second quarter expired.  The other came near the end of regulation in the corner of an end zone at Raymond James Stadium.

The two players responsible for those scores no longer play for the Steelers.  But they apparently want to return.

Cornerback Ike Taylor said recent on his TribLive Radio show that linebacker James Harrison and receiver Santonio Holmes would like to rejoin the team.

“It’s for sure the both of them want to come back,” Taylor said.  “I’ve talked to both of them.”

Harrison spent 2013 with the Bengals. Holmes was traded to the Jets in 2010 while facing a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

“[Harrison] still wants to play football, and of course his first option would be Pittsburgh,” Taylor said. “He came over to my house, and when he shook my hand, his hand felt like a brick. I told [him] he can’t shake my hand like that anymore. He’s probably in the best shape of his life. Right now he looks like the Hulk. He’s been banged up, and he feels he has something to prove.”

The Steelers have a need at receiver, with Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jerricho Cotchery all leaving via free agency in the last 15 months.  With no one else pouncing on the players, the Steelers apparently could have them if they want them.  Cheap.

53 responses to “James Harrison, Santonio Holmes want to return to Pittsburgh

  1. It’s seriously not news that James Harrison wants to come back. He’s been pretty open about it. Santonio not so much. I think Holmes can still play at an average level and be the 2014 version of Jerricho Cotchery who turned out to be Ben’s go-to receiver when it mattered.

  2. Bring them into camp and see whats up.

    Holmes is mostly a bum these days but James might still be able to lower the boom.

  3. But when the Steelers offer him gobs of money, he’ll cry and whine that they’re disrespecting him and not paying him what he’s worth…

  4. The biggest issue for both these players is not the amount left of their football talent, but how much money they expect to be paid. Money is tight in Pittsburgh and neither will be offered big contracts.

  5. Sign them for the league minimum. If they earn a roster spot, great. If they don’t, they don’t. I see no risk.
    Holmes hasn’t played much since 2009, and Harrison has been proving people wrong his entire life. Holmes and Harrison are two Super Bowl 43 difference-makers who could be the sparks the 2014 Steelers need.

  6. I’m a huge steelers fan since birth. Holmes is a locker room plague. he was released for smoking to much green. Now he’s injury prone. Harrison on the other hand could come in on a veterans minimum. James harrison in a veteran role and Joey porter as the assistant linebacker coach. Thats alot of tenacity in those meeting rooms. So what if people say Harrison is old. You wouldn’t say it to his face.

  7. Why the hell waste a roster spot on these pains in the rear when you only have 53 spots and can use them to groom a future a player. The only way Id touch them if I were the Rooney family is for a one-day retirement contract.

    Vince McMahon just lost $350mil those two clowns should form a tag-team and get in the ring

  8. Harrison maybe an upgrade over Mr Nobody Chris Carter, but Holmes seems very unlikely, because he has some sort of locker room cancer all over him, and because with AB, Wheaton, Moore, Bryant and DHB the WR room seems full. Even the DHB spot isnt assured with Derek Moye and Justin Brown trying to get that spot.

  9. James was Hulked up and his hand felt like a brick. He was as thick as a brick, according to Taylor. Which is all the more remarkable since Ike knocked off a single digit Wonderlic score himself.

  10. The price of two turdburgers and a side of whine is too high under the veteran minimum.

  11. The steelers have not had a winning record since Tim Tebow beat them in a playoff game years ago. The only reason they want to come back is because no one else wants them and they know the steelers are desperate

  12. I wouldnt mind harrison back if the price was right. He still brings intensity to the team as well as being better in the 3-4 than that garbage 4-3.

  13. Yea they should sign santonio holmes or not they really turned it on last year after starting out like crap i hope they get better tired of watching denver & new england & baltimore in the afc championship every year

  14. What I want to know is why the Steelers still employ Ike Taylor. It seems like every time I see them get burned on a big play, it’s Taylor getting lit up for it.

  15. Signing Harrison aka DeBo is an absolute must. Our OLBs are Worilds, Jarvis and Carter. That is thin. Way too thin.

    Worilds had a good-ish but not great year last season.

    Jarvis, who has lots of promise, didn’t exactly set the world on fire. One sack. Lots of mistakes. Was exploited terribly on passing downs. Was pulled off the field too much by the coaches. Not strong enough, and could get nastier.

    And Carter has never done anything.

    Harrison, who was a fish out of water in Cincy’s 4-3 last season, keeps himself in amazing shape, and knows LeBeau’s system cold.

    DeBo is the kind of enforcer, and locker room and game day presence that Pittsburgh players, coaches and fans love – and we could have him at a comparative bargain.

    On top of that, DeBo and J Peazy could instill some nastiness in Jarvis (and anyone else who needs it) too.

    Signing DeBo makes wayyy too much sense — he’s a Pittsburgh Steeler through and through. Let’s get him on board the Black and Gold train!

  16. Dear James,

    Thank you for your years of service to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a great run and you were a big part of it. And no one will forget your amazing play at the end of the first half intercepting a pass at the goal line and your incredible 100 yard run back for a touchdown with no time left. You had a great career and we wish you the best.

    Dear Santonio,

    Thank you for your years of service to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a great run and you were a big part of it. And no one will forget your amazing Super Bowl game winning catch. You had a great career and we wish you the best.

    Signed,

    The Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans

  17. Harrison could be brought back, but he’d be there to spell the young guys in front of him. Good for depth.

    Holmes would probably have to have a long sit-down with managment and prove his attitude is right and his life off-the-field is in order.

    Both have an ‘iffy’ chance at best.

  18. no other teams want those 2 players…one is trouble and the other is long in the tooth..plus both have seen there best days years ago…so of course they want to go back to pitt

  19. Not sure how Deebo would make the roster with all the action at OLB this offseason.

    At the wideout spot, maybe Sansmokio could contribute as a wily veteran but they got some free agents that are already expected to play that role.

    I guess that’s a long way to say “yeah I don’t think the Steelers need them” but as a longtime fan I’d love to see them both retire with black helmets on.

  20. With two consecutive 8-8 seasons since they lost to Tim Tebow, they haven’t had a losing record either. They will be back – GO STEELERS!

  21. Harrison should have taken the pay cut 2 years ago, but he still has a lot left to offer in the weight room, locker room, and on the field. Let him help grow these awesome young LBs we now have…
    Santonio – well, maybe if he could pass a certain kind of random test….

    Go Steelers!

  22. Wow, i didnt know Santonio was a FA. Jeez, hes obviously not a big name anymore, or maybe its just me not being interested in offseason news.
    I think James has a better chance than Santonio. Remember, Santonio wasnt a good team guy so he got traded. Oh, it looks like he took his negative attitude to NY. I remember him and Sanchez arguing in the huddle during a dolphins game. Anyways the Steelers are nasty on the field but are a classy organization. Sorry Santonio, it aint happening

  23. These 2 can’t be too demanding, and they do have some ability. If they would accept a deal that’s better for the team than for the individual it may be a good move

  24. … and yet Ike’s low draft pick status (fourth rounder) and test score did not translate into what kind of pro he would become. Most personnel folks would say a starting corner for multiple years is a steal at that position, ala Richard Sherman. Thick as a brick and playing corner in the NFL years after 30 is a pretty strong showing, no?

  25. His hand was thick as a brick. Translation: he was off his face on steroids, washed down with a few clomid pills to mask the effects.

  26. No thank you. In March, Holmes crossed the line and is now on the wrong side of 30. Harrison is 36. Steelers need to do what has worked in the past and that is draft players to fit their system, develop them into productive players and part ways before they get too old.

  27. Signing Harrison aka DeBo is an absolute must. Our OLBs are Worilds, Jarvis and Carter. That is thin. Way too thin.

    Worilds had a good-ish but not great year last season.

    Jarvis, who has lots of promise, didn’t exactly set the world on fire. One sack. Lots of mistakes. Was exploited terribly on passing downs. Was pulled off the field too much by the coaches. Not strong enough, and could get nastier.

    And Carter has never done anything.

    Harrison, who was a fish out of water in Cincy’s 4-3 last season, keeps himself in amazing shape, and knows LeBeau’s system cold.

    DeBo is the kind of enforcer, and locker room and game day presence that Pittsburgh players, coaches and fans love – and we could have him at a comparative bargain.

    On top of that, DeBo and J Peazy could instill some nastiness in Jarvis (and anyone else who needs it) too.

    Signing DeBo makes wayyy too much sense — he’s a Pittsburgh Steeler through and through. Let’s get him on board the Black and Gold train!

  28. I dont know where the steelers would fit holmes with all the other receivers they have. I wouldnt mind having either of these players back. When healthy, Santonio could make a difference. Id only take Harrison back as a backup. Sign both of these guys to the vet minimum and let them compete.

  29. For depth both would be smart moves as would bringing Keisel back. They know the steeler way and their experience would be even more valuable.

  30. bobzilla’s right. Sign them for the league minimum and see if they make the team. I’m not pushed on having Santonio back. But I’d love to have Harrison. He’s worth it if only for the attitude and commitment to excellence.

  31. Of course they do. They sense what the rest of the league does. SB #7 this year is coming.

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