December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Love him or hate him, James Harrison has been one of the most terrifying pass-rushers of the past decade after being undrafted out of Kent State, and it now appears the club who gave him his shot in the NFL has finally decided to part ways with him after the two sides failed to re-negotiate his current contract.
Harrison played well last year, and over the past two seasons, Harrison had 129 tackles, 15 sacks and four forced fumbles. But approaching 35 years old and with a $6.57 million salary, it was time for him to either take a paycut or take a hike, and he chose the latter. It’s unclear as to how much he will command in free agency, but he’ll probably have to play for a one or two-year deal with not much guaranteed money at his age.