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Bengals Roundtable: James Harrison: Yay or Nay?

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December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) reacts to the fans as he takes the field against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally done. James Harrison is coming to Cincinnati to play for the Bengals after 10 years of terrorizing them as a Pittsburgh Steeler, but was it the right move? We got some of our staff together and posed this very question:

“What are your thoughts on former Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison playing for the Bengals?”

Alex Peterman

With Harrison staying in the AFC North, he will get to face his former team in two primetime games next season, as the Bengals and Steelers will look for bragging rights, a shot at the playoffs, and quite possibly the AFC North crown.

In joining Cincinnati’s top 10 defense, Harrison brings with him five consecutive pro bowl appearances from 2007-2011. He was also listed as a first team All-Pro in 2010.

His 60 sacks since 2007 and his experience under the spotlight will give the Bengals another key addition to their stout defense. Perhaps more importantly, it will give Cincinnati something they have been missing on the defensive side of the ball: A vocal leader.

One thing is certain. In at least two games next season, Ben Roethlisberger may want to get rid of the football just a little bit quicker.

Joe Johnson

I do not like the idea of signing James Harrison. He is too old. Would I take him if he were 4 or 5 years younger? Yes. He was at one time one of the best linebackers in the league. He had that 100 yard pick six in Super Bowl XLIII. He has always had a very high motor. He was a great player when he was younger, and if we were having this discussion 4 or 5 years ago, I would say absolutely, but he is just too old now.