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James Harrison hedges a bit on 2016 return

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 08:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks onto the field before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field on November 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Tuesday, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said that he anticipates veteran linebacker James Harrison returning to the team for the 2016 season and Harrison’s agent sent said Harrison would be playing at least one more year.

Harrison seems to want to write any plans in pencil rather than ink, however. Later on Tuesday, his business and public relations manager Risa Bayalem said that her client wasn’t yet sure about his plans for next season and that it could be some time before he comes to a final decision.

“If he’s not able to give 100 percent, he wouldn’t be doing justice to himself or the Steelers or his teammates,” Bayalem said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Even if he feels he wants to come back, his age and his body are going to tell him whether that’s possible or not. His process right now is go through offseason training in Arizona. If his body is where he feels it needs to be, he’ll proceed.”

Harrison is signed for 2016 at a salary of $1.25 million and cap hit of $1.5 million, which likely isn’t a big enough charge to force the Steelers to push for a quicker call about returning for a 14th season.

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35 Responses to “James Harrison hedges a bit on 2016 return”
  1. floratiotime says: Feb 17, 2016 7:28 AM

    This fine team leader will return to the Steelers … if he can avoid prison.

  2. babyjunkie says: Feb 17, 2016 7:44 AM

    HOF

  3. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 17, 2016 8:40 AM

    this is code for im skippin can til the peds wear off. i give him credit for not acepting a particpatoin contract tho

  4. ravenmuscle says: Feb 17, 2016 8:46 AM

    Hope he comes back. Just more proof that the Steelers have an aging and porous defense.

  5. routerunner says: Feb 17, 2016 8:49 AM

    HGH

  6. buckethead1 says: Feb 17, 2016 8:58 AM

    He was the best player on the field against the Broncos…

  7. kneedragr says: Feb 17, 2016 9:02 AM

    He was doing the job last season. No longer elite but serviceable for sure. He is worth that salary for sure.

  8. Stiller43 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:26 AM

    ravenmuscle says:
    Feb 17, 2016 8:46 AM
    Hope he comes back. Just more proof that the Steelers have an aging and porous defense.
    __________________________________

    Go ahead and name all of the Steelers starters over 30 on defense.

  9. celticsforever says: Feb 17, 2016 9:37 AM

    Peyton Manning might have ruined the hgh thing for everybody. I’ll see how that blows over then likely play once my levels are back up to pharmaceutical standards.

  10. msstiller58 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:57 AM

    Now that the Super Bowl is over, PFT mentions the Steelers to get page hits. And it works, all the Ravens and bengals fans come crawling out to hate. Harrison is a beast, watch his workout videos, he didn’t get like that from shots or pills.

  11. jobotjones says: Feb 17, 2016 10:07 AM

    It’s funny all you haters mention peds because his instagram shows a random test today.

    Speaking of his account, he is still posting training videos almost every day so I’d be surprised if he didn’t return.

  12. 12coltsfan12 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:14 AM

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  13. mrmcdougle says: Feb 17, 2016 10:22 AM

    This would be a blow to the team. When you have a team led by high character people, like Harrison and Rothlisberger, it takes a while to fill that void.

  14. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:44 AM

    As long as Goodell authorizes Manning’s Chinese HGH for use just for certain AFC teams and players, Harrison is roided up and ready to go.

  15. steelerben says: Feb 17, 2016 10:45 AM

    12coltsfan12: Mathis was just trying to have a baby though, right?

    I’m not going to try to defend him as a person (because as a human being he definitely has some failings), but he’s had that physique his entire career. Unless he’s dodged a positive test for 13 years somehow I’m going with that being due to him working in the gym, not shooting up in the training room.

  16. mostofmycommentsgetdeleted says: Feb 17, 2016 10:55 AM

    when is the last time he’s been fined? time to retire

  17. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:05 AM

    Patriots fans here…. although some may think the HGH allegations make Harrison articles a crank-worthy target…..I must say I’m getting tired of this sort of stuff, on ANY article. Man, I sure would like to have some conversation that is about Football.

    James Harrison is the type of player I would have liked to have played for the Patriots. And the accompanying pic above…..another great choice by PFT.

  18. kevo95 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    Sure a lot of haters ,you all must be jealous of Blitzburgh ,this will be our year if we stay healthy enough

  19. ochostinko says: Feb 17, 2016 11:08 AM

    Go ahead and name all of the Steelers starters over 30 on defense.

    ————-

    Steve McLendon
    James Harrison
    William Gay
    Will Allen

    … And Lawrence Timmons is 29.

  20. flaccodelic says: Feb 17, 2016 11:10 AM

    Stiller43 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 9:26 AM
    ravenmuscle says:
    Feb 17, 2016 8:46 AM
    Hope he comes back. Just more proof that the Steelers have an aging and porous defense.
    __________________________________

    Go ahead and name all of the Steelers starters over 30 on defense.

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    OK, they’re young and porous! That’s much better.

  21. Spazz says: Feb 17, 2016 11:27 AM

    The old man outplayed every Raven LB in 2015. The facts are out there, you just gotta take a minute to look.

  22. pskotte says: Feb 17, 2016 11:46 AM

    Playing at less than 100% wasn’t a problem when he was with the Bengals. He basically just mailed it in and collected his paycheck. The only time he broke a sweat was when he tied his shoelaces.

  23. jgammell34 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:57 AM

    Go ahead and name all of the Steelers starters over 30 on defense.

    ————-

    Steve McLendon
    James Harrison
    William Gay
    Will Allen

    … And Lawrence Timmons is 29.

    Last season you had then maybe 4 out of 11 starting then hardly old at all! lol.
    Mclendon and Gay started and were expected to. Harrison wasn’t a starter actually but he did play the most overall by end of year between outside linebackers. Will Allen started due to Thomas just not getting it unfortunately.

    This year may have Mclendon and maybe Gay. Allen prob won’t even be there. And if Harrison comes back it won’t be a starter. Dupree and Jones will be the starters

  24. melikefootball says: Feb 17, 2016 12:00 PM

    Harrison still made one of the best plays in Super Bowl history.

  25. nhpats says: Feb 17, 2016 12:53 PM

    At $1.5M for the season he is a steal. The Steelers should absolutely try and keep him.

  26. rockon1970 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:11 PM

    Ravenmusclehead the Steelers have one of the youngest defenses in the league if not the youngest.

  27. williamshatnerstoupee says: Feb 17, 2016 1:11 PM

    The Steelers live rent free.

  28. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2016 1:21 PM

    He’ll be back. He’s a 1/2 a sack away from the all time sacks leader in Steelers history. Just another legend in the history of Steeler Linebackers. Dupree’s on Deck to be the next one.

  29. xavier179 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:35 PM

    James, let me help you with your decision, you are one of the dirtiest players that ever was. TJ WARD and Talib model themselves after your questionable hits.

  30. dejc421 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:52 PM

    kevo95 says:Feb 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    Sure a lot of haters ,you all must be jealous of Blitzburgh ,this will be our year if we stay healthy enough
    ______________
    I wouldn’t worry about the hate, the Steelers , Pats, Packers, Ravens and a few other teams always generate a lot of nonsense and hate. I’d consider it a badge of honor.

  31. jacktatum32 says: Feb 17, 2016 2:33 PM

    $1.25 million seems below market value–

    Harrison has proven over and over that he is a team player. And his publicists comments about being 100% for the sake of team also reflect that.

    But, I have to wonder of the man was paid what he was really worth would his decision be easier and come quicker.

    The Steeler’s have two young backers (Shazier and Dupree) with real potential—what more could you want in a mentor than you have in Harrison.

    Pay him to more or at least offer—

  32. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Feb 17, 2016 3:17 PM

    some of you should do your research before commenting. the Steelers defense finished #3 in sacks, #5 in run defense#16 in turnovers and #11 in points allowed. they struggled in pass defense, but they have a young talented core to build off of. also Harrison only started 1 game last season and put up nice numbers as a rotational player

    a ravens fan calling the Steelers defense old and porous is the pot calling the kettle black(altho the Steelers are rather young).

  33. boomgrounder says: Feb 17, 2016 3:19 PM

    He should get a trophy for participation only last season! He is an average football player at best getting by on his past reputation.

  34. ohand16 says: Feb 17, 2016 4:26 PM

    The lead is being buried here…Harrison was very good last year, better than should be expected. The problem is that the Steelers continue to carry BUSTARELLA (Jarvis Jones) on the roster. They need to keep their fingers crossed that Harrison can manage one more above average year.

  35. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 17, 2016 6:14 PM

    Sadly, Harrison was their best pass rusher last year. Although that will change with the emergence of Dupree, who’s going to be a beast. Having Harrison around for that price certainly can’t hurt as the Steelers reclaim the division title next season.

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