Ex-Steelers LB James Harrison likely to sign with Patriots

Over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with linebacker James Harrison after fourteen years in a cold and calculated move that's simply part of doing business in the NFL. Harrison is in his 15th season and is a two-time All-Pro.

Harrison originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2002. He visited Foxboro on Tuesday and he apparently won't be leaving without a contract. That could make for an interesting reunion between Harrison and Pittsburgh should the Patriots and Steelers meet in the AFC championship game.

It's far from a done deal, but the Patriots wouldn't have flown him all the way out at this point in the season if there wasn't serious interest in signing him. It shouldn't be a surprise if Harrison gets on the field in week 17 just to get his feet wet and get used to the Patriots defensive system.

The Steelers announced they released Harrison Saturday to make room on the roster for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert. Harrison isn't a game-changer, but he can help. Harrison has proven his worth as a pass rusher in the past, and still has plenty left in the tank.

The Patriots can clinch home-field advantage with a win over the New York Jets or a Steelers loss to Cleveland in Week 17. Even still, his odds of winning a Super Bowl are looking better and better with each passing day.

  • Santos West