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Reunion of LB James Harrison and Steelers a “Longshot?”

 

Scott Brown of ESPN.com is the latest to weigh in on the idea of LB James Harrison potentially re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  While not ruling out the scenario, Brown affirmatively calls it a “longshot.”

Brown acknowledges that an injury could force Pittsburgh’s hand, but that is a familiar caveat that could be used to justify interest in any player.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has maintained that they won’t close the door on a possible reunion with Harrison, likely keeping the debate alive.

It’s doubtful that the Steelers would be willing to offer Harrison much more than the veteran’s minimum.  The Steelers currently have only $293,437 in available cap space, with 7 of their 9 draft picks still unsigned, which means adding another player will require corresponding transactions.

Pittsburgh has invested in Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones at the outside linebacker position, so it is difficult to imagine that they see Harrison as an affordable luxury, even as a depth signing.

Harrison, 35, was deemed expendable by Cincinnati after playing the first year of a two-year deal, registering only two sacks in fifteen games.

Pro Football Focus did grade Harrison well last season, putting him No. 9 among 4-3 outside linebackers.