Steelers, James Harrison haven’t talked contract yet


As mentioned in Friday’s one-liners, Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a new hobby.

He’s joined a dodgeball team to fill some of the downtime he’s had on his hands since the end of the regular season. Harrison’s agent might be joining him on the team. Bill Parise doesn’t have much to do right now either because he and the Steelers have yet to have any discussions about Harrison’s contract for the 2013 season.

“There is nothing going on,” Parise said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “(If there’s anything) it will be down the road.”

There’s wide expectation that there will be something involving Harrison’s contract, which is set to pay him $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.575 million in 2014. Parise said earlier this week that he doesn’t think the 35-year-old should have to take a pay cut, although a restructuring of the deal is a possibility. Doing that would give the Steelers some cap space, but so would cutting him outright and a release wouldn’t extend their financial commitment to Harrison beyond this season.

Whatever they do, talks about it shouldn’t be too far away. The Steelers and the 31 other teams have to be in compliance with the cap at 4 p.m. on March 12, which means the clock will only start ticking louder.