Patriots were only team to offer James Harrison a contract

AP

When it comes to the events that preceded the departure of Steelers linebacker James Harrison from Pittsburgh, the truth probably resides somewhere in the middle of the various versions that have emerged since he joined the Patriots.

But to the extent that anyone thinks he specifically chose the Patriots, Harrison made it clear on Friday that only one team chose him.

There was no other offers,” Harrison told reporters, via the Boston Herald. He said he accepted the offer because he “like[s] to compete.”

“That’s my main motivation to go out there and play the game,” Harrison said.

During a short session with reporters, Harrison refused to elaborate on his social-media comments regarding his release by the Steelers.

The Steelers seem to be done talking about Harrison, too. Linebacker T.J. Watt reportedly refused to discuss his former teammate, despite Harrison’s suggestion to “ask T.J.” whether Harrison tried to help the rookie, contrary to Bud Dupree‘s claim that Harrison didn’t.

49 responses to “Patriots were only team to offer James Harrison a contract

  1. I feel bad for the guy, the Pats signed him to help them get by the Steelers in the AFC championship game, but will then deactivate him for the super bowl.

  2. This talk of players helping rookies is nothing but fanfare. Players don’t want another guy to do well so they can sit the bench. If you ever get an honest answer they will tell you that it isn’t their job to help the rookie.

  3. if Harrison can contribute, he’ll see action.

    It’s really very basic.

    NE needs shoring up D: JH can provide support.

    Of course, that’s not squirrelly enough for some tea leaf readers.

  4. Harrison was kept on the team purely as a mentor because the Steelers were confident that the LB’s they have are ahead of him physically. He was supposed to help Watt take it to the next level, but ended up doing his own thing instead.

  5. What is all the hub bub about here?
    The man can play, he will contribute and life will go on.
    The Steeler played their hand. Now let’s see what happens.
    Tomlin and the whining Steeler nation must live with it.

  6. Kudos to JH for being honest and not pretending he had other interest. He seems like the kind of guy who tells you what he’s thinking.

  7. kneedragr says:
    December 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
    I feel bad for the guy, the Pats signed him to help them get by the Steelers in the AFC championship game, but will then deactivate him for the super bowl.

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    The Steelers will lose to Jax…..again

  8. Just remember, this is the same dimwit fanbase who celebrated the Patriots signing Reggie Wayne as the greatest signing in sports history.

  9. I still don’t understand why the Steelers brought him back after smoking him so bad when he played for the Bengals? That was the biggest sign of disrespect. It’s basically a lose lose for us Steelers though. Think about it. If he does good, the ever polite Patriot fan club will laugh because the Steelers released their worst LB, if he doesn’t do good, OR if Bell stiff arms him into the turf,the patriots fans will say he set them up, lol. Face it,its hard to win against the patriots, impossible to win against their fans, lol.

  10. kneedragr says:
    December 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I feel bad for the guy, the Pats signed him to help them get by the Steelers in the AFC championship game, but will then deactivate him for the super bowl.
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    Since you are clairvoyant perhaps you could post do us all a solid and post the upcoming powerball numbers. Or if the talent only manifests itself for football related matters the final scores of the week 17 and playoff games would do nicely.

  11. “He’s a 100 years old!! Pats signed him only to mule over the Steelers playbook to BB.”

    Yes because historically the Steelers have Belichick’s number.

  12. Looks like maybe Tom Brady wants to page Dr.Rydze so he can keep up his battle with Father Time…. relax Patriot fans, it’s a calculated joke

  13. thermanmerman99 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Just remember, this is the same dimwit fanbase who celebrated the Patriots signing Reggie Wayne as the greatest signing in sports history.
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    Really? Can you cite any specific comment made by any Patriot fan that suggested anything remotely like what you’ve written? Most patriot fans I know thought Wayne was brought in as a back up / possession receiver who might get a small number of plays a game for a team that already had plenty of targets and had just won the SB.

  14. Patriots picked up Eric Lee, a DE / Rush LB from the Bills practice squad about a month ago. They were in such need that he played in the next game and has continued to play a fair % of defensive snaps. But Lee got hurt, and the Pats needed another DE / Rush LB to help carry the load. Harrison was cut by the Steelers, and was a good fit to fill the Pats need.

    Such a simple story…let’s just play football.

  15. BuckyBadger says:

    This talk of players helping rookies is nothing but fanfare. Players don’t want another guy to do well so they can sit the bench. If you ever get an honest answer they will tell you that it isn’t their job to help the rookie.
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    That’s a total millennial attitude on display.

  16. bigcid10 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    NE will probably play Jacksonville in the first round
    and lose bad
    then they will play Pittsburgh
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    A ‘football fan’ that doesn’t understand the concept of a first round bye or single elimination. It only makes sense it would have to be a Pats hater smdh, we need a better class of troll in here

  17. .
    @thermanmerman99

    It’s always pleasant to have a Colts fan post on a Patriots thread. How’s your buddy Grigson doing?
    .

  18. steelcurtainn says:
    December 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    It’s new england problem now. You won’t get anything on the field with him. He’s done! Thx for everything deebo.
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    Sure, it’s a huuuuuuuge problem. If he doesn’t perform or displays any attitude issues or sleeps on the Lay-Z-Boy NE keeps in the LB meeting room (I’m kidding – only the Steelers have one of those) they cut him immediately for a grand total cost of $58,000.

    But I think really you’re just a little nervous that he’ll play vs the Jets and play well, have a sack, force a fumble and make the Steeler coaching staff look as dumb as we all think they are.

  19. Michael E says:
    December 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    BuckyBadger says:

    This talk of players helping rookies is nothing but fanfare. Players don’t want another guy to do well so they can sit the bench. If you ever get an honest answer they will tell you that it isn’t their job to help the rookie.
    ========================================================

    That’s a total millennial attitude on display.

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    meanwhile the older generation says everyone should work hard on their own and have nothing given to them… but wait…

  20. So much for BB signing JH for the Steelers play book. And so much for JH signing with the Patriots to get back at Tomlin.
    New England was the only team to contact him.
    The man wants to play.

  21. Patswhatsup, kind of like how boston fans turned on Johnny Damon and Ray Allen just like that. Your fanbase is pathetic as it gets

  22. Let’s be real about this, Brady still hasn’t established that guaranteed third down receiver since Edelman got injured. And in this game, if you can’t keep the ball the other team gets it. And against a still improving defense, that’s a recipe for defeat.

    For the Patriots to get back to the big game and win it, their defense is going to have to be a big part of it. The defense must get better and play better. They must be able to get off the field and make the big stops early in drives to give Brady and the offense more chances. This was a bit of a speculative move, but if Harrison can bring the pressure on opposing QB’s, it’ll be a big, big help. We’ll see how it rolls.

    Go Patriots!

  23. thermanmerman99 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Patswhatsup, kind of like how boston fans turned on Johnny Damon and Ray Allen just like that. Your fanbase is pathetic as it gets
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    I’d just like to point out that my dad can beat up your dad.

  24. bigcid10 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    NE will probably play Jacksonville in the first round
    and lose bad
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    Please try to keep up.
    The Patriots already earned a 1st round bye.

  25. The Patriots have so many injuries at Linebacker and defensive end that they are signing guys from practice squads and off the street to come in and play. That’s the reality of the Harrison signing. He is an instant upgrade over the guys that are playing right now no matter what. JH is going to get 15-20 snaps a game in passing situations and he is going to apply pressure. If Steeler fans are out on a ledge before the guy has even played a snap, what’s going to happen if Harrison logs a couple of sacks against the Jets this week?

  26. walker1191 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm
    steelcurtainn says:
    December 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    It’s new england problem now. You won’t get anything on the field with him. He’s done! Thx for everything deebo.
    ————————————————————————————————–
    Sure, it’s a huuuuuuuge problem. If he doesn’t perform or displays any attitude issues or sleeps on the Lay-Z-Boy NE keeps in the LB meeting room (I’m kidding – only the Steelers have one of those) they cut him immediately for a grand total cost of $58,000.

    But I think really you’re just a little nervous that he’ll play vs the Jets and play well, have a sack, force a fumble and make the Steeler coaching staff look as dumb as we all think they are.

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    Making a few tackles in the Patriots/Jets game would be worth $58,000 because it means that someone else didn’t have to risk being injured making those tackles.

  27. EJ says:
    December 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Harrison was kept on the team purely as a mentor because the Steelers were confident that the LB’s they have are ahead of him physically. He was supposed to help Watt take it to the next level, but ended up doing his own thing instead.

    25 53 Rate Thi

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    watt is not all that good

    cannot set the edge

  28. Gotta love the ignorance of Pats fan about Harrison, thinking he adds to their team. Got news for you: If he’s on the field at any time for the Pats, that is a sign of deep trouble for the Pats D. Why? Because he was third string on the Steelers. Third string. He definitely can’t cover on pass plays since he is so slow now (shown during Steeler practices where he did not stand out). It is equally amusing that Pats fans are drooling over getting a Steeler player while they trashed all the Steeler players all season. Nice hypocrisy. Harrison won’t bring a thing to the Pats.

  29. bigcid10 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    NE will probably play Jacksonville in the first round
    and lose bad
    then they will play Pittsburgh
    ———————
    Which of course is so likely to happen where NE has the 1st seed and a bye…and hey, it wouldn’t happen in the divisional round EITHER! NE Pats fans playing chess while trolls play checkers.

  30. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    December 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    It is equally amusing that Pats fans are drooling over getting a Steeler player while they trashed all the Steeler players all season. Nice hypocrisy. Harrison won’t bring a thing to the Pats.
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    Let’s reserve judgment for another 12 hours and see if he plays vs the Jets.

    If he does, and does poorly, we’ll give you credit for your prediction.

    But if plays and does well, we reserve the right to ridicule you and to conclude that Mike Tomlin is indeed Bozo the Clown.

    If he does, and does well, we’ll have to conclude that Tomlin is Bozo the clown for letting him get away.

  31. BB signed JH to steal the Steelers playbook. BB can explain to JH the Steelers play without the book better than Tomlin. BB needs a body and JH looks serviceable and he has valuable experiences playing the big games. That’s all.

  32. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    December 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    Gotta love the ignorance of Pats fan about Harrison, thinking he adds to their team. Got news for you: If he’s on the field at any time for the Pats, that is a sign of deep trouble for the Pats D. Why? Because he was third string on the Steelers. Third string.
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    Have you heard of a player named Blount? He was a back up RB for the Steelers and was disgruntled for not getting playing time. That sounds a bit familiar right? Pretty sure he did pretty good for the Pats.

    Tua Verba Non Sunt Bona.

  33. Got news for you: If he’s on the field at any time for the Pats, that is a sign of deep trouble for the Pats D. Why? Because he was third string on the Steelers. Third string. He definitely can’t cover on pass plays since he is so slow now (shown during Steeler practices where he did not stand out).

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    I really don’t think he’s going to be asked to drop into coverage much at all. I believe they will use him as a situational pass rusher. They didn’t sign him to be an every down player

  34. Steelers’ fans probably won’t even give this signing a second thought once they get bounced out of the playoffs in two weeks. I just wish the team that plays them signs Tim Tebow to a one game contract. That’ll make them poop their pants!

  35. Veterans that come into the Pats and start slow usually don’t make it here. Good to see JH get off to a good start. Good sign for us.

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