James Harrison wants to play, hopes to sign somewhere after draft

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The oldest defensive player in the NFL isn’t ready to hang up the cleats yet.

James Harrison, the outside linebacker who ended last season with the Patriots, is planning to keep playing and looking to sign with a team that needs a player like him after the draft, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

For Harrison, the top priority is getting on the field. He grew frustrated in Pittsburgh last year when he rarely played, and was happy to get released by the Steelers and signed by the Patriots, who made him a starter in the Super Bowl.

Harrison will turn 40 next month. If he plays in the 2018 season, he’ll join Darrell Green, Jim Marshall, Clay Matthews Jr. and Junior Seau as the only defensive players to play in the NFL after turning 40.

29 responses to “James Harrison wants to play, hopes to sign somewhere after draft

  1. For max play he should return to Pats where he quickly became a needed regular. Guessing they made a very modest but incentive loaded 1yr offer, but he wants a 2yr richer & guaranteed one.

  2. Good for him. There is little reason to discriminate solely based on age. A consideration, yes, but if your production and experience is high, it is smart to let the pay reflect the length of contract and value to the team.

  3. I would not be surprised to see NE continue the relationship, just like I am not surprised to see them unwilling to commit either way right now.

  4. If Terance Newman resigns with the Vikings (or with any other team), he will join that select over 40 group. Playing as a DB that would be a pretty impressive feat (just like Darrell Green).

  5. Most teams are trying to build for the future. Once the season gets started and players start going down with injuries, that’s when Harrison’s phone will start ringing. He’s the kind of guy you can sign on Wednesday and can play on Sunday.

  6. Gee where are all those I-told-you-so Pats fans who said Harrison was gonna have a bunch of strip-sacks & be the reason they would beat the Eagles?? Guess a player is done ONLY after the Pats say he is, huh? After 30 other teams pass on James, the Pat’s will sign him for peanuts, and all Pats fanboys will again pronounce him a sack savior.

  7. Can the NFL get his random test out of the way early so he can dip in the fountain of youth like two seasons ago, rather than procrastinating all season so he couldn’t like last year.

  8. Greatest play in SB History.

    Best tackle ever in Cleveland (drunken fan body slam).

    WAS a great Steelers player until he went to NE.

    Buh-bye James Deebo Silverback Harrison.

  9. Not a Pats’ fan, obviously, but didn’t he play pretty well for them last season?? Just asking…..

  10. Best tackle ever in Cleveland (drunken fan body slam)

    Obviously you’re too young to remember Mike Curtis of the Baltimore Colts hitting a drunk with a forearm clothsline that knocked him senseless!

  11. Awww James, man, the league now says you can’t hit head-first anymore.
    Are you capable of changing your “technique” to comply with that? lol

    Retirement looms, bruh.

  12. grant35 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:24 am
    Gee where are all those I-told-you-so Pats fans who said Harrison was gonna have a bunch of strip-sacks & be the reason they would beat the Eagles?? Guess a player is done ONLY after the Pats say he is, huh? After 30 other teams pass on James, the Pat’s will sign him for peanuts, and all Pats fanboys will again pronounce him a sack savior.

    Wherever they are, they are thankful that you’ve taken over in the top spot of most annoying fans.

  13. upyoursnfu says:
    Washed up
    >>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    He didn't look too "washed up" to me when he played in limited minutes – 2 sacks and a forced fumble. And played well in the playoffs.

  14. While he didn’t sack Foles in the SB, he pressured him 8 times (by PFF), so he’s not completely washed up. By comparison, Trey Flowers, the team’s best rusher, only had 5 pressures.

    He can be a good pass rusher on limited snaps.

  15. Next to Hines Ward, dirtiest player in the league. Maybe the Steelers will sign him so they can cut him again, thereby plunging themselves further into salary cap hell.

  16. Steeler fans will remember JH for many things he did on the football field. What I will remember him for is the “I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire” comment about Roger Goodell.

  17. “I was a big fan prior to his quitting on the Steelers. ”

    Seems to me like the Steelers were the ones who quit on him, not the other way around. They cut him after not giving him anywhere near the number of snaps he was promised. What was he supposed to do, not take another NFL paycheck when it was offered?

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