Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) in action against Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is willing to restructure his contract, but won’t be taking a pay cut. The 35-year-old linebacker is under contract next year for $6.57 million, and that is too much for the salary cap-strapped Steelers to pay, and his days in Pittsburgh appear numbered.
Harrison has had surgeries on his knee and back over the last two years. He’s missed eight games total and notched just 15 sacks over that span. The former Defensive Player of the Year would be a quality pickup for any team in need of a veteran pass-rusher, but he want be able to command the kind of salary he’s currently making. The Steelers don’t seem to have a replacement behind Harrison, as neither Jason Worilds or Chris Carter have shown they’re ready to take over. Perhaps a compromise between the two sides can be reached.