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
When the Cincinnati Bengals reached an agreement on a 2-year deal with outside linebacker James Harrison, many believed the former Pittsburgh Steeler would be signing a deal worth around $4.5 million annually, which was what he would have gotten paid by the Steelers had he agreed to the 30% pay-cut they were asking him to take. He rejected their offer, and was ultimately cut, and now he’s a Bengal, but he won’t be making nearly as much as he could have:
In the end, the Bengals upgraded their SAM linebacker spot while only spending $2.25 million. Last year, the Bengals re-signed Manny Lawson for $2.1 million to man the SAM spot. After letting him walk this offseason, Mike Brown spent just $150,000 extra to get a player who’s clearly an upgrade over Lawson.