Clipped by the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, the 34-year-old Harrison finally agreed with Cincinnati to a two-year contract on Friday.
Despite going 10-6 and qualifying for the playoffs in consecutive campaigns for the first time since 1982, the Bengals serviceable defense yielded an unimpressive 24.4 points per game last autumn.
A borderline loon who won the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year award, Harrison will immediately strengthen Cincinnati’s toothless front seven if he’s able to stay on the gridiron.
Still a standout pass-rusher, the 6-foot, 242 pound graying badass should help the historically inept Bengals reach the postseason for the fourth time in the past five seasons in 2013.
Looking beyond next winter, according to James Harrison, “The Queen City” can expect a menacing presence to continue roaming the streets for roughly “three years.”by