James Harrison signs one-year contract with Patriots

Dec 27, 2017, 00:47
James Harrison signs one-year contract with Patriots

Harrison spent 14 seasons with the Steelers, but now joins their AFC rivals, setting up a potential must-see reunion in the postseason.

The 39-year-old was released by the Steelers on Saturday and cleared waivers Monday.

The Patriots have a need, Harrison has played in big games, and there are big games ahead - possibly against Harrison's former team, the Steelers.

Harrison is the Steelers' all-time sacks leader, but was seldom used during Pittsburgh's season thus far.

James Harrison is now a Patriot. The Patriots and the Steelers now share the AFC spotlight with 12-3 records, made possible by New England's controversial, last-second win at Heinz Field on December 17. The Steelers defensive scheme changed some this season, but Harrison could also have very little left in the tank. Harrison isn't a game-changer, but he can help. So, maybe he'll be fresh and bolster the Patriots' pass rush come January. They chose to demote Harrison and they chose to let him go. Chances are that if the Pats make it to the AFC title game, they're going to be staring back at Pittsburgh. Surely they had to know the Patriots would be interested.

The Patriots are thin at outside linebacker and defensive end, relying on LBs Elandon Roberts and Marquis Flowers and DEs Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise and Eric Lee. Even still, his odds of winning a Super Bowl are looking better and better with each passing day.

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