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James Harrison re-signs with Steelers

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The agent for linebacker James Harrison said recently that his client wanted to sign a two-year deal this offseason and that he wanted to sign that deal so he could remain with the Steelers.

Harrison got what he wanted. In a post to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, Harrison shared a shot of a contract signing that he captioned “Two more years Here We Go #steelersnation.”

Harrison played a game with the Steelers in 2002 and then returned to the team in 2004 to start a run in Pittsburgh that ran through the 2012 season. He spent one year with the Bengals before returning to the Steelers for the last three years. He’s picked up two Super Bowl rings, a defensive player of the year award and 81.5 sacks over that span.

Harrison had five of those sacks during the 2016 season and remained effective in the playoffs by recording sacks in each of the team’s postseason victories. The Steelers will hope for the same kind of impact as part of a defense that improved over the course of last season and has plenty of rising players to go with the well-seasoned Harrison.

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38 Responses to “James Harrison re-signs with Steelers”
  1. logast says: Mar 1, 2017 2:09 PM

    This is pretty much a win-win. Harrison is a solid player, and respected voice in the locker room.

  2. dvdman123 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:11 PM

    Worth every penny he got and then some.

  3. roastedteacher says: Mar 1, 2017 2:12 PM

    You don’t have to like James Harrison. In fact, you can hate James Harrison. But you cannot deny that he has outplayed and outlasted a generation of players by maintaining an amazing physical form.

    He’ll get no trophies for preparation and practice, but one day he will be wearing a yellow jacket at Canton.

  4. ctiggs says: Mar 1, 2017 2:13 PM

    HE is like 90

  5. bengals1974 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:15 PM

    OK, the guy is a beast. His work ethic is incredible. Saying that, he must have made a deal with mother nature or someone needs to test this guy.

    Congrat’s to him though. He plays the game the way it should be..

  6. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 1, 2017 2:19 PM

    A tribute to his ability to stay in football shape and remain competitive. At 38, he still has what it takes. Good for him.

  7. gadgetking2010 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:20 PM

    most likely it’s really a 1 yr deal that allows the team to spread out the money over 2 years for the salary cap

  8. ryder09 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:21 PM

    Must be getting his ‘medication’ from the Seahawks defense.

  9. celticsforever says: Mar 1, 2017 2:23 PM

    PEDs do amazing things for the body. Trippin’ Tomlin must be happy

  10. greg3117 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:27 PM

    Dude is ageless! Congrats on the contract James!

  11. cdace13 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:38 PM

    roastedteacher : With all due respect, there’s no way Harrison is Canton-bound. He doesn’t have the numbers.

  12. jjackwagon says: Mar 1, 2017 2:39 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Mar 1, 2017 2:13 PM
    HE is like 90
    —————————————
    And still a better LB than anyone on the 9ers squad.

  13. blacknyellablacknyella says: Mar 1, 2017 2:40 PM

    I don’t know that he’ll find his way to Canton. LC Greenwood can’t even make the Hall (and that’s a travesty).

    Still, dude is a DPOY (2008), 2x 1st-team All-Pro (2x 2nd-team), 5x Pro Bowler, 2x Super Bowl champ, has one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, franchise sack leader in the Burgh and is still playing at a nice level.

    When it’s all said and done, he’ll be one of the linebacking greats in team history. That’s saying something.

    His work ethic in the weight room sets the standard. His professionalism and commitment to the game is off the charts. His leadership skills are exemplary. For all the reasons this site suggests TO and Moss should be kept OUT of Canton, those are the reasons why #92’s resume should be padded.

    Glad to see Debo back for another round (or two).

  14. charliebarley72 says: Mar 1, 2017 2:42 PM

    All juiced up, and ready to roll!

  15. dickroy says: Mar 1, 2017 2:43 PM

    He is tuff. Kent State tuff. Went to the same small college as the great Jack Lambert!

  16. ctiggs says: Mar 1, 2017 2:48 PM

    He doesn’t hold a candle to Navarro bowman

  17. kneedragr says: Mar 1, 2017 3:01 PM

    Steroids.

  18. scmems07 says: Mar 1, 2017 3:02 PM

    The scariest man in football and possibly the world.

  19. piscataquis007 says: Mar 1, 2017 3:16 PM

    It’s funny the number of posts claiming Harrison is using PEDs.
    No one in the league gets tested more often than him. Last year I believe he had 6 “random” PED tests, and passed them all.
    He makes no attempt to hide the supplements he uses, and there are a lot, but they are all legal.

  20. dickroy says: Mar 1, 2017 3:19 PM

    He has never failed a drug test. Proof that you can keep in shape and compete without steroids if you are willing to work hard.

  21. mark4steelers says: Mar 1, 2017 3:26 PM

    I like it. But if not signing to play, he could have signed to replace Porter as LB coach.

  22. taeh324 says: Mar 1, 2017 3:45 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Mar 1, 2017 2:13 PM
    HE is like 90

    _______________

    And is better than the entire 49ers roster

  23. Moudabo says: Mar 1, 2017 3:48 PM

    Congrats to Deebo. It’s great knowing he’ll be back.
    The sacks and QB pressures are great, but he also
    brings leadership and great intensity to everything he does.
    Keep adding to the legacy.

    To those wanting him tested and making flippant roid accusations,
    just know that Harrison has never failed a test. He was ‘randomly’ tested
    at least 9 times last year, at a time when most players were only tested
    once or twice.

  24. bigcid10 says: Mar 1, 2017 4:05 PM

    @cdace13
    he does have the numbers
    he’s the steelers all time sack leader
    and canton is all about stats,they will tell you that up front
    he’ll get in ,count on it

  25. bigcid10 says: Mar 1, 2017 4:07 PM

    @ctiggs
    Navarro bowman couldn’t hold a lombardi next to James

  26. finsphan says: Mar 1, 2017 4:17 PM

    This guy epitomizes what the leader of a defense and a LB should be. Big, strong, tough, smart and not afraid of anybody. Stays out of trouble and is loyal, I would have loved for him to play for my team over the past decade. One of the few defensive players that most, if not every QB in the league is truly afraid of.

  27. jerruhjones says: Mar 1, 2017 4:29 PM

    Steroids are a wonderful thing.

  28. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 1, 2017 4:52 PM

    it’s organic vegetables, and acupunture remember?

  29. whodey420 says: Mar 1, 2017 4:53 PM

    There’s your offseason Steelers fans. Tag Bell, add more
    cash/years to Brown and resign Debo. Better hope the 2017 draft turns out okay.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 1, 2017 5:51 PM

    Steroids are a wonderful thing.

    So are brains, but I doubt if you have experienced that……steroids more so. Harrison gets tested nine times a year.

  31. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 1, 2017 6:01 PM

    roastedteacher says:
    You don’t have to like James Harrison. In fact, you can hate James Harrison. But you cannot deny that he has outplayed and outlasted a generation of players by maintaining an amazing physical form.

    I have always disliked the Steelers, and I sometimes wish James Harrison would close his mouth a little more often.
    However, I’m a huge fan of the game, so I can dislike a team or player and still marvel at its accomplishments.
    That includes what the Steelers accomplished in the 1970s, or how remarkably consistent the organization has been at hiring and sticking with coaches, or the iron-man career of Mr. Harrison.
    I’m not as sure as you are that he’s a Hall of Famer (but maybe). I do know he plays the game the way it was meant to be played, and like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going — at a fairly high level — at a position that wears men down quickly.
    For that, I tip my hat to Mr. Harrison and wish him well.

  32. steel2372 says: Mar 1, 2017 6:39 PM

    If you follow Steelers football at all, this guy gets tested all the time. He has never failed a drug test. So I pay my respect to the man who puts in hard work and goes about his business. Goes to show the haters out here saying he is on roids. That’s horrible to label someone something he is not. Especially someone who works as hard as he does in the gym. He is a beast. Lets go Steelers nation!

  33. rankster1950 says: Mar 1, 2017 7:25 PM

    Great move

  34. blah773 says: Mar 1, 2017 8:18 PM

    whodey420 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 4:53 PM
    There’s your offseason Steelers fans. Tag Bell, add more
    cash/years to Brown and resign Debo. Better hope the 2017 draft turns out okay.
    ————–

    (facepalm). not even sure where to begin w/ bengal fan… smh.

    scoreboard.

  35. justintuckrule says: Mar 1, 2017 10:55 PM

    So juiced up his steroids take steroids.

  36. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Mar 2, 2017 9:01 AM

    dickroy says:
    Mar 1, 2017 2:43 PM
    He is tuff. Kent State tuff. Went to the same small college as the great Jack Lambert!

    And the great Julian Edelman! Must be a haven for tough guys. 5-10, under 200lbs and takes everything defenses can dish out.

  37. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 2, 2017 9:07 AM

    Make sure you immediately sign the guy who couldn’t get to Brady once in the AFC championship. Nice move.

  38. straighcashhomey says: Mar 2, 2017 9:54 AM

    where was he in AFCCG? patrick swayze as in Ghost

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