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
After the Bengals and free agent linebacker James Harrison broke off contract talks earlier this week, must assumed that would be the end of any chance of the former Pittsburgh Steelers defecting to the Queen City, but head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t giving up quite yet. He also believes free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby is still an option, and one of them could sign before next Thursday’s NFL Draft:
"Either player that comes in, we make some adjustment to things we do and we feel good about them. They bring some playmaking ability to us and would be good to have. They are good men and would continue to enhance the defensive room. Both guys are smart guys and that would be good."
Lewis is also optimistic the club will get something done with free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith:
"We’re getting down to the time of that because we feel it’s important. He wants to get it done but he has to get his representation and our people to come to an agreement. He’s anxious for it to occur and hopefully it happens quickly. Everyone realizes when we get into the draft it becomes a different situation."
This falls in line with what Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network now reporting the Bengals are now engaging in contract talks with Harrison after the two sides appeared to be close to a deal last week, but eventually broke-off talks after neither side could agree to a fair deal.