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Harrison announced his retirement via facebook on Saturday, ESPN.com reports. "My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game," posted Harrison. "I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career. My love for the game isn't strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school."
An undrafted free agent out of Kent State, Harrison played 10 seasons with Pittsburgh before joining Cincinnati last year. Despite a drop-off in performance in recent years, Harrison amassed an impressive 66 sacks and 29 forced fumbles during his career. It would come as no surprise if the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year signed a one-day contract with Pittsburgh so that he may officially retire as a member of Steeler Nation.
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Harrison is tentatively scheduled to take a physical for the Cardinals on Friday, Kent Somers of AZCentral.com reports.
This would certainly seem to suggest Harrison's visit with the Cardinals went well, though the report notes that it's not a foregone conclusion that a deal gets done. In his age-35 season, Harrison racked up just 16 tackles (14 solo) and two sacks in 15 games with the Bengals, but the fit with Arizona would make sense, as he's familiar with coach Bruce Arians and would help offset the losses of Daryl Washington (suspension) and Darnell Dockett (knee).
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Harrison will visit with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, NFL.com reports.
Harrison started 10 games and posted a pair of sacks for the Bengals last season. While the 36-year-old has made it clear this offseason that he'd relish a return to Pittsburgh, where he spent the first nine years of his career, potentially signing with the Cardinals represents an opportunity to reunite with former coach Bruce Arians. Additionally, with Arizona losing Karlos Dansby in free agency, Daryl Washington to suspension, and Darnell Dockett (knee) to injury, an experienced player with Harrison's 3-4 scheme fit certainly makes sense.
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ESPN's Scott Brown wouldn't rule out the Steelers signing free agent OLB Jerome Harrison.
Harrison hasn't attracted any free-agent interest since being released by the Bengals. He's reportedly committed to playing this season and could provide the Steelers with veteran depth as a situational run stopper. Harrison turned 36 last month and should be open to a minimum salary contract.
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There's reportedly mutual interest between the Steelers and free agent OLB James Harrison.
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Free agent OLB James Harrison said he'd like to return to the Steelers.
Harrison, 36 in May, recorded just two sacks in 15 games in his one-season stop with the Bengals before being released last week. He said he has no plans to retire and wants to play "until the wheels fall off." Harrison still plays solid run defense but would be a backup to Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds in Pittsburgh.
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Bengals released OLB James Harrison.
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Bengals SLB James Harrison exited Sunday's night's Week 15 game against the Steelers with a concussion.
His return is listed as doubtful. Harrison will need to pass the league's concussion protocol before returning to practice and will be in a race to get cleared for Week 16.
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LB James Harrison is making strides adjusting to the Bengals 4-3 scheme after struggling through the first few practices.
Harrison believes too much is being made of his switch from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 SAM linebacker, saying "I'm playing SAM, so I'm basically doing the same thing I do in a 3-4 defense. It's just that I'll switch where I'm lining up." Harrison added he'll have plenty of chances to blitz in this scheme, which is when he's most effective.
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James Harrison's two-year contract with the Bengals is worth a total of $4.45 million.
Harrison got a $1.2M signing bonus, a $100,000 workout bonus and per-game roster bonuses that could total $300,000 this season. It adds up to a maximum payout of $3 million in 2013, or $1.5 million less than he would have gotten from the Steelers if he accepted their original offer of a 30 percent pay cut. Pride didn't pay off for Harrison.