Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

James Harrison could be intriguing fit for Patriots

James Harrison could be intriguing fit for Patriots

Harrison was cut by the Steelers Saturday in a roster move to make room for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was returning from a suspension.

Harrison, 39, had seen his workload decrease dramatically this season after signing a two-year extension with the Steelers in March.

Harrison, 39, is in his 15th National Football League season, although he has played only 40 snaps this year.

Harrison originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2002. However, the timing of the move and the way the AFC chessboard is now set up caused a lot of people to make the same jokey prediction that Harrison would sign with the New England Patriots and end up being a difference-maker when the two teams inevitably meet in the AFC Championship Game. And he could very well get a shot at revenge on his former team if the Patriots and Steelers meet up in the playoffs. However, it might be hard to compete with the Patriots who have a number of Super Bowl trophies at which they can point for proof positive that Harrison's likely goal of another championship is best pursued in Foxborough. He's an information resource that could help make the difference when it came to studying game tape.

The Patriots have found a diamond in the rough in Eric Lee to help as a pass rusher on the edge. They chose to demote Harrison and they chose to let him go. His playing time really took a dip over the last few weeks, as T.J. Watt and Budd Dupree have taken a majority of the reps at outside linebacker this season.

What a unusual season this has been for Harrison.

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