Cincinnati Bengals: Why Seeing James Harrison in Stripes makes Sense

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December 4, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) in pass coverage against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

 

James Harrison, the face of the Steelers defense for the past ten years, could be taking his talents to the Queen City if he and the Bengals can hammer out a deal after negotiating for nearly a week now. Harrison is by far one of the most discussed and feared defenders to ever play the game. The numbers don’t lie, and no I’m not talking about the number of times Harrison has been fined in his career, I mean his defensive numbers. He didn’t get a reputation of being a hard hitting, fearsome player just by sitting on the sideline.

Harrison earned this reputation for being an absolute walking nightmare for opposing quarterbacks and running backs. Doubters are aplenty with this potential deal and it does raise some questions. Harrison is going to be 35 this year, how much gas is left in the tank? He came from a 3-4 defense and the Bengals use a 4-3, how will he be used? Also, what about Manny Lawson? Lawson never adjusted to Mike Zimmer’s system as well as most had hoped, and Harrison may have the same problem.

 

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