It’s been a tough offseason for former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. He’s been unable to get asignificant contract offer, and the lack of interest lead to his agent claiming Harrison was open to a return to Steelers.
The interest however, was not mutual, as the Steelers have reportedly informed Harrison that they are not interested in bringing him back:
That decision likely was formed not long after the Steelers released Harrison March 9 when the two sides could not agree on how much of a paycut the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker would take from his scheduled 2013 salary of $6.57 million.
The Steelers have at least kicked the tires of other veteran outside linebackers who are free agents. They talk as if Jason Worilds will replace Harrison. There’s also the draft.
This is also due to the teams’ faith in Jason Worilds, who they’ve groomed to be Harrison’s eventual replacement:
The top candidate to replace Harrison at outside linebacker is Jason Worilds, the Steelers’ second-round draft choice in 2009. Worilds has been stuck behind Harrison and LaMarr Woodley and has played usually only on the left side when Woodley has been injured. Worilds played in all 16 games last season and started three for the injured Woodley. He had five sacks and 26 total tackles. He started 10 games in his career and has eight career sacks.