Report: Patriots have talked to James Harrison about a return

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The Patriots have talked to free agent James Harrison about a possible return, Kevin Duffy of masslive.com reports.

Harrison, 39, played the final regular-season game and all three postseason games with the Patriots after the Steelers released him in late December. He played 69 of 75 defensive snaps in Super Bowl LII.

Following the loss to the Eagles, Harrison said he would “want to come back wherever I’m wanted.”

The Patriots have limited cap space but a big need in the front seven of their defense after ranking 29th in yards allowed.

Harrison has 84.5 sacks in his 16-year career.

24 responses to “Report: Patriots have talked to James Harrison about a return

  1. “Man!! How old can the Patriots get?”
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    You are really talking about two players, not the whole team. Consider their defensive tackles, for example:
    Danny Shelton (24), Lawrence Guy (27), Malcom Brown (24), Vincent Valentine (24), and Adam Butler (23).

  2. pamiho32332013 says:

    March 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    This is a ruse. The Cheetah’s only signed him to get inside Pitts playbook.
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    That’s this month’s funniest post!

  3. “You are really talking about two players, not the whole team.”

    Pats haters don’t want facts. They want to believe their self comforting, uninformed ideas so they can sleep at night.

  4. He may get a chance to send Big Ben into his retirement after all. Just one clean hit.

  5. Harrison had a total of one tackle in the Superbowl. Bring him back, genius Bill. That kind of production is just what the Patriots need to sink to the bottom of the AFC East.

  6. @vargavarga

    Nothing old about the Pats. Plenty tired and old about people posting year after year that the end is near for the Pats, only to see the Pats in yet another AFC championship game.

  7. This: The Patriots have limited cap space but a big need in the front seven of their defense after ranking 29th in yards allowed.

    Harrison is no longer in his prime–the reason he didn’t get playing time in Pittsburgh, which didn’t have a need in the front seven. He’s not a team guy, not one to try and bring along younger players, not one to cheer the guys when he’s sitting on the bench–just the opposite. But he is good at revving up himself, is good for a few plays here and there. If the Pats can get him for a song, why not keep him? BB isn’t going to pay more than Harrison is worth, and that’s not a lot at this point.

  8. “yards allowed”

    LOL

    Most meaningless stat in sports history.It’s not 1940 anymore.

    What idiots.

    You make your money in the red zone and with turnovers.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    “You are really talking about two players, not the whole team.”

    Pats haters don’t want facts. They want to believe their self comforting, uninformed ideas so they can sleep at night.
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    No, people who do not like the Patriots seek facts and not talking points. It is a fact that the Patriots have the second oldest roster behind only the Falcons. 12 players on the wrong side of 30. 7 who are 29. Those are facts. When other teams are trying to get younger, they want to re-sign a 39-year old Harrison.

    It’s easy to sling crap around a posting board, harder to deal with facts. Here’s another fact – The Patriots lost the Super Bowl. That’s something that we do actually like.

  10. March 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm
    “yards allowed”

    LOL

    Most meaningless stat in sports history.It’s not 1940 anymore.

    What idiots.

    You make your money in the red zone and with turnovers.

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    So why are you always bringing up the 600 yards the pats got in the super bowl?

  11. “Why would they let Amendola walk and then sign this guy?”

    Amendola got 12 million for 2 years. He’s taken paycuts the last 3 years with the Pats and combined in those 3 years made less than he will this season in Miami. The Pats were never going to pay him 6 million this year or anything close to it. That would be totally out of their salary cap model to do so.

    Harrison on the other hand if he takes a low dollar contract will fill a specific role the Pats have for him, that they believe he can still do competently, and will fit the salary cap model.

  12. “No, people who do not like the Patriots seek facts and not talking points.”

    No in general they do not. They stomp their virtual feet and rehash misproven allegations and stale theories about why the Pats win so much

    “Here’s another fact – The Patriots lost the Super Bowl. That’s something that we do actually like.”

    I don’t think you’ve ever identified what team you cheer for, but here’s what I know you don’t like. Unless you’re an Eagles fan your team was sitting home while the Pats played in their 10th Super Bowl, and their 8th in the last 17 years. There are several teams that have never played in a single Super Bowl, and several others that have only played in one or two and lost in their limited opportunities.

  13. If Mr Harrison joins The Patriots next season, I say yes. The simple truth is that New England does a game of knowledge and tactics. They play to win the last game of their season. Sometimes pretty. Usually not. Good people with in game perspectives are a huge asset. James Harrison has a lot to offer, and he wants to win. Welcome to the family.

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