The 34-year-old Harrison, who the Steelers signed as an undrafted talent out of Kent State in 2002, was clipped by Pittsburgh on March 9.
Harrison, a four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler who has amassed 617 tackles, 64 sacks, five interceptions and 29 forced fumbles over 131 games, will be replaced by Jason Worilds and an individual to be selected in next month’s draft.
Although the Steelers (8-8) struggled last autumn and seem to be rebuilding, it’s nonsensical that Pittsburgh wouldn’t welcome the 6-foot, 242 pound Harrison for a cheap, one-year deal.
The menacing badass remains a more dominant force than both Worilds and whoever eventually debuts as Pittsburgh’s rookie.
With James Harrison assisting one of the preeminent defenses in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers would have been a more viable contender to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.by