James Harrison plans to play another year or two

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Patriots linebacker James Harrison will turn 40 in May, but he has no plans to make Super Bowl LII his last NFL game.

Harrison said he thinks he can play the 2018 season, and perhaps the 2019 season as well.

“I maybe want to play a year at 40, maybe 41,” Harrison told Mike Reiss of ESPN.

Will he play those years in New England? That remains to be seen. Harrison cleared waivers after the Steelers cut him in December, so there may not be a huge market for his services, but he has played well for the Patriots, so he should have some interest when he hits free agency in March.

Harrison said he does want to be retired by the time his 10-year-old son is playing tackle football because he wants to be present for that experience. But for another year or two, Harrison wants to keep going. The oldest defensive player in NFL history, former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall, played his last NFL games just two weeks shy of his 42nd birthday. Harrison may hang it up before turning 42. But not much before.

71 responses to “James Harrison plans to play another year or two

  1. jstew0103 says:
    January 28, 2018 at 11:11 am
    I’d keep him in New England if he’s willing to stick around

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    The Patriots should have the following players coming back from injury:

    LB – Dont’a Hightower
    LB – Shea McClellin
    LB – Harvey Langi
    DE – Derek Rivers

  2. He’s been productive for the Pats. Give him 20 snaps a game next year and he should thrive. Give him Avocado Ice Cream and Vitamin water and he should be good for 30 snaps.

  3. He won’t make it past the draft before being released. The Pats got what they wanted: provided some depth for injuries and whatever he may have given them had they faced the Steelers.

  4. nhpats says:

    What was Tomlin thinking by not even playing Harrison all season?
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    Perhaps Harrison decided to stop sleeping during team meetings when he went to NE.

  5. steelchampions says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    …whatever he may have given them had they faced the Steelers.
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    It’s kind of obvious BB already knew more about the steelers than tomlin does.

  6. If Harrison cannot find work BB might give him a call and say ‘Keep in shape, if we need help in November with a playoff run you will be hearing from us.’ Other than that I do not see him back with the Pats who should be okay at that position if they get more luck with health with Flowers, Wise, Derek Rivers back from injury, and maybe Hightower and McClellin seeing time on the edge (if McClellin can continue his career). Obviously they will bring other young bodies into training camp too.

    Still, great to have Harrison aboard for this playoff run. No matter what happens Super Bowl Sunday, he has played better than I imagined he would when the Pats claimed him.

  7. steelchampions says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    He won’t make it past the draft before being released. The Pats got what they wanted: provided some depth for injuries and whatever he may have given them had they faced the Steelers.
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    It may make sense for the Patriots to include him in training camp…and let him compete with the other players. Harrison seems to work hard off the field and that may push the other players.

    There just may not be a spot left when the Patriots have to cut down to 53. If the Patriots know this ahead of time the Patriots could do him a courtesy like they seem to have done in the past for other veteran players…and cut him early…to give him time to get on another team’s roster.

  8. nhpats says:

    January 28, 2018 at 11:24 am

    What was Tomlin thinking by not even playing Harrison all season

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    Yeah I mean it’s not like they led the league in sacks or anything.
    He was a malcontent this year. They have 2 first round OLBers who are developing and James couldn’t be bothered to stay awake for film study. It’s great that he bolstered the Pats nom existent pass rush, but the Steelers were fine with him on the sidelines.

  9. It’s hilarious how some of you think that Harrison was giving his best effort while in Pittsburgh this season. If anything, people should be questioning his heart. Adversity reveals a man’s true character far more often than winning does.

  10. stipez says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Patriots go to Pittsburgh next year, just sayin.

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    Patriots go to Atlanta next year, just sayin.

  11. James Harrison didn’t do nothing Pittsburgh this season and he’s doing Nothing for New England unless you call a couple tackles something. Hope he does stick around with
    New England.

  12. t’s hilarious how some of you think that Harrison was giving his best effort while in Pittsburgh this season. If anything, people should be questioning his heart. Adversity reveals a man’s true character far more often than winning does.
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    What came first, his pack of motivation OR tomlin and the Steelers lying to him about playing and stringing him along. Seeing as he was always a good soldier before this year I tend to think he became frustrated by the constant lies from the team. Doesn’t surprise me, Steelers are a bunch or whining idiots only concerned about themselves, not the team. Window is closing fast there

  13. @steelcurtainn

    Harrison was not given an opportunity to do anything in Pittsburgh this season, and maybe that is okay, even though the Steelers D was mediocre to putrid (see playoff game against Jags) this season.

    OTOH, Harrison has been doing the job he has been asked to do with the Pats, and doing it better than we Pats fans could have hoped.

    Hopefully Harrison will be at Robert Kraft’s house in June to receive a well earned Super Bowl champs ring.

  14. steelchampions says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    The Pats got what they wanted: provided some depth for injuries and whatever he may have given them had they faced the Steelers.
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    I guess you didn’t know that since signing with NE, Harrison has played 44% of all defensive snaps.

  15. ….but the Steelers were fine with him on the sidelines.

    Trip’s talker got all the Steelers on the sidelines now while JH 92 is playing for another championship.

  16. .
    He signed a two year contract. He’s with the Patriots until Belichick tells him otherwise. If he wants to play next year, he’s better off with a camp invite from the Patriots than being a 40 year old street free agent. Even if he doesn’t make the Patriots, he’d be in game shape for another team.
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  17. steelcurtainn says:
    January 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    James Harrison didn’t do nothing Pittsburgh this season and he’s doing Nothing for New England unless you call a couple tackles something. Hope he does stick around with
    New England.

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    Thanks for proving what I already knew. Steelers fans are really really stupid. They guy got the sack that helped win the Jags game. But you are so busy being butthurt you can’t acknowledge it. He was told he would play, and didn’t. He didn’t want to waste any more time, so he forced it. I get that the Steelers felt they had better options, but they owed the guy his release. Now all you did was take a cornerstone of your franchise and make him an enemy. Dumb.

  18. Michael E says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    nhpats says:

    What was Tomlin thinking by not even playing Harrison all season?
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    Perhaps Harrison decided to stop sleeping during team meetings when he went to NE.

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    Well to be fair Harrison might believe BB actually has some value when he speaks…..Tomlin….not so much

  19. James Harrison is signed ONLY thru this year…. he is an unrestricted FA in 2018….. if BB believes he’d be an asset to the Patriots during the 2018 season he will offer him a team friendly reasonable deal…… if Harrison whom will be 40 next year wants to play for a contender instead of chasing a few extra bucks elsewhere, he’ll sign with the Pats & play his role in each game as BB SEES FIT….. may not be as many snaps as he’d like but I’m guessing it would still be plenty to keep him entertained, motivated & fresh thruout the season.

  20. I love how when Harrison was on the Steelers he was called a dirty player, a woman beater and a steroid user. Now that he is on the Patriots, he is considered the best thing since sliced bread.

  21. It’s true, the remainder of the league stinks so badly, Harrison could play until he’s 90! I mean c’mon, there’s just no real competition in the NFL. This is not your 70’s, or 80’s, or even 90’s NFL which were all competitive, and all playoff teams faced very stiff competition. In past years you never saw QB’s facing teams that didn’t have a real QB! That’s just fact.

  22. enoughofthatalready says:
    January 28, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    I love how when Harrison was on the Steelers he was called a dirty player, a woman beater and a steroid user. Now that he is on the Patriots, he is considered the best thing since sliced bread.
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    Fans can be fickle for sure….. I look at it like BB probably does…..He comes from a major rival….he’s not appreciated & used properly there….our team has a weakness in an area where his talents can be utilized for our teams betterment in the immediate future….. he comes cheap & is a PROVEN VETRAN PLAYER….. let’s roll with it & see how it plays out for all involved parties…..
    WASH/RINSE & REPEAT…..
    Lastly, I didn’t realize that football players needed to be considered saints in order to be on ANY TEAM…..
    Not a fan of Harrison’s personal lifestyle the field (based on what I’ve heard), but to be honest, based on past proven agendas, I don’t trust the Media to be objective when it comes to MANY stories that don’t feed into its VERSION of the truth or reality for that matter….
    All humans have flaws & some worse than others….some we have even no idea about….until Harrison does something that hurts his CURRENT TEAM than I won’t judge him on his past as I really know nothing much about it other than that he was a tremendous player for a much heated rival in the Steelers….

  23. Michael E says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    nhpats says:

    Perhaps Harrison decided to stop sleeping during team meetings when he went to NE.
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    That’s because NE doesn’t have a lounge chair in their linebacker meeting room. Remind me again why Pittsburgh does?

  24. steelchampions says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    He won’t make it past the draft before being released. The Pats got what they wanted: provided some depth for injuries and whatever he may have given them had they faced the Steelers.

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    He has been an effective force and a difference maker in an rea where injury had depleted the Pats. The reason the difference never got applied against Pittsburgh lies in Pittsburgh not NE. But he did manage to be a contributing favtor against the teams they played while Pittsburgh watched from home.

  25. thrifty says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    It’s hilarious how some of you think that Harrison was giving his best effort while in Pittsburgh this season. If anything, people should be questioning his heart. Adversity reveals a man’s true character far more often than winning does.

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    Actualy no, not questioning at all. Pittsburgh’s discipline problems are well known and documented.

  26. nhpats says:

    What was Tomlin thinking by not even playing Harrison all season?

    Well there ya go ! Tomlin Thinking ? you have answered your own question
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  27. I was hoping to to play the Steelers in the playoffs so Harrison could blast Big Ben into retirement. I’m sure Harrison would have loved to stick it to the Steelers.

  28. steelcurtainn says:
    January 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    James Harrison didn’t do nothing Pittsburgh this season
    New England.

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    You are correct, he absolutely didn’t do nothing, he definitely did something. Too easy.

  29. apatfanforever says:
    January 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    Its all about coaching . I do have a ? for the knowledgeable , If B.B is the best coach , then who is second ?

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    Let me ask you, being a Jets’ fan, why do you concern yourself so much with the Patriots?

  30. What’s missing from this article is the part where they asked him questions about the Super Bowl and getting a Championship Ring…here is the basics:

    Asked if he knows his role in the upcoming game he said,

    “Learning the rotation is an important lesson….”

    Asked if he knows what Belichick expects of him he said,

    “Smokey’s “mind control…”… Remember it, write it down, take a picture…”

    After he told a reporter to stop asking stupid questions and the reporter said it’s just her job, James said,

    “It’s Friday, you ain’t got no job….”

    When asked how he’ll feel if the Eagles make off with his championship ring, he said,

    “That’s my ring Punk!”

    When informed of this, an unnamed Eagles player on offense said,

    “If Deebo says it’s his…Maybe just let him have it.”

    When the interview was over, he turned to the reporter and said,

    “Bye Felicia.”

    It was all very informative.

  31. He planned to play the whole year in Pittsburgh, too. Plans change…sometimes by you, sometimes by others. I think there is a good chance this is his last game.

  32. Experienced depth is experienced depth. If he plays 10-15 snaps, he’s probably going to be in the right place for all of them. He has Worked hard in NE and the both he and the team have respect for each other.

    If BB thinks he can help next year, he’ll have a spot. At the least BB will keep his phone # handy like he did with Junior Seau.

  33. January 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    nhpats says:

    Yeah I mean it’s not like they led the league in sacks or anything.

    He was a malcontent this year. They have 2 first round OLBers who are developing and James couldn’t be bothered to stay awake for film study. It’s great that he bolstered the Pats nom existent pass rush, but the Steelers were fine with him on the sidelines.
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    The Steeler’s sack total is an absolute joke – 13 against Cleveland, 7 more against a Houston team that was on their 4th string QB, but when it mattered they were MIA.

    When Pitt played NE, the “league-leading”: Steelers had 2 sacks, and the Pats with “non existent” pass rush also had 2 sacks.

    Vs Jacksonville, the Steelers had 2 sacks in game 1, and 0 in game 2. NE against that same opponent had 3 sacks (and a victory, I might add).

  34. Now all you did was take a cornerstone of your franchise and make him an enemy. Dumb.
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    Cornerstone, lol. Not anymore and not for years. JH is done. Many New England fans don’t know but He asked to be released and wasn’t taking TJ Watts spot period. He created is own grave when he decided to do what he did.

  35. steelcurtainn says:
    January 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Many New England fans don’t know but He asked to be released and wasn’t taking TJ Watts spot period. He created is own grave when he decided to do what he did.
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    Many NE fans don’t know it? What? it’s been reported everywhere – by Harrison himself – that he asked the Steelers to release him starting in week 2 and continuing until they actually did. As for Watt – who can blame the Steelers for deciding to go with the younger guy – great idea – and obviously it worked here in 2017 as their defense was lights out vs NE and Jacksonville and they now prepare to play Philadelphia in the SB. Oh wait . . .

  36. steelcurtainn says:
    January 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    Now all you did was take a cornerstone of your franchise and make him an enemy. Dumb.
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    Cornerstone, lol. Not anymore and not for years. JH is done. Many New England fans don’t know but He asked to be released and wasn’t taking TJ Watts spot period. He created is own grave when he decided to do what he did.

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    And yet Harrison is still playing whilst Watt and the rest of the Steelers are home watching……

  37. And yet Harrison is still playing whilst Watt and the rest of the Steelers are home watching……
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    It’s not because of Harrison. The Steelers issues are on the Defensive side of ball and they lack depth. You’d be a fool to think the Steelers aren’t capable of reaching the superbowl and winning it. They’ve done it 6 times more then any other franchise.

  38. It’s not because of Harrison. The Steelers issues are on the Defensive side of ball and they lack depth. You’d be a fool to think the Steelers aren’t capable of reaching the superbowl and winning it. They’ve done it 6 times more then any other franchise.

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    umm, have you seen their coach and gm lately?

  39. steelcurtainn says:
    January 28, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    It’s not because of Harrison. The Steelers issues are on the Defensive side of ball and they lack depth.
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    Hmmmm. I’m pretty sure Harrison plays on the defensive side of the ball.

  40. steelchampions says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    He won’t make it past the draft before being released. The Pats got what they wanted: provided some depth for injuries and whatever he may have given them had they faced the Steelers.
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    Because god only knows how much the steelers have owned the patriots all of these years that they needed his input in the first place

  41. Steelcurtainn says:

    “You’d be a fool to think the Steelers aren’t capable of reaching the superbowl and winning it. They’ve done it 6 times more then any other franchise.”

    I think you meant to say “They’ve done it 6 times, more than any other franchise”.

    The comma makes a huge difference, unless you really believe the Steelers have won 6 more Super Bowls than any other team.

  42. think you meant to say “They’ve done it 6 times, more than any other franchise”.
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    Yes, just a typo. Thanks for correcting that.

  43. Wouldn’t it be awesome for the guy to have a monster game in the SB? I would love to see him be at the center of many defensive plays that stymie the Eagles.

  44. nhpats says:
    January 28, 2018 at 11:24 am
    What was Tomlin thinking by not even playing Harrison all season?

    Ah, falling asleep at meetings: Check. Not helping any of the young LBs: check. 39 yrs old and can only run straight ahead; check. Team piling up sacks when I am publicing stewing on the bench: check. Should I keep going??

  45. Michael E says:
    January 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    nhpats says:

    What was Tomlin thinking by not even playing Harrison all season?
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    Perhaps Harrison decided to stop sleeping during team meetings when he went to NE.

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    He did. For whatever reason he has been demonstrating nothing short if great respect for his new team and coach.

  46. tylawspick6 says:
    January 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm
    It’s not because of Harrison. The Steelers issues are on the Defensive side of ball and they lack depth. You’d be a fool to think the Steelers aren’t capable of reaching the superbowl and winning it.

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    Harrison WAS a defensive player.

    If the Steelers are as you say capable of reaching and winning a Superbowl then that must be maddening how it doesnt actually happen.

  47. tylawspick6 says: If the Steelers are as you say capable of reaching and winning a Superbowl then that must be maddening how it doesnt actually happen.

    I wonder how many Pats Fanboys will appear on this blog after Brady is done & BB follows him out he door?

  48. walker1191 says That’s because NE doesn’t have a lounge chair in their linebacker meeting room. Remind me again why Pittsburgh does?

    No lounge chairs in NE because the players have to stand at attn & salute BB when he comes in the room? Leave it to a bitter (why? I have no idea) Pats fan to blame the presence of lounge chairs on the Steelers losses. What’s next – the Steelers actually put towels in the showers while BB makes his guys get dried w/ wash cloths??

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