James Harrison to Sign Patriots Contract After Being Cut by Steelers

Beth Cruz
December 27, 2017

The New England Patriots signed former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to a one-year deal Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. On his Instagram account, Harrison confirmed the signing by posting a photo with #Tom Brady with the caption: "Finally".

The team had not announced any transactions Tuesday as of 5 p.m. ET.

But the Patriots might have a far different motivation for adding Harrison for the stretch run.

The 39-year-old Harrison is the team's all-time leader in sacks, piling up 80.5 during his 14 seasons with the Steelers and 82.5 during his career.

New Patriots linebacker James Harrison and Tom Brady have already bonded.


He can work into the rotation in Week 17 against the New York Jets, use the playoff bye week to acclimate further and then prepare for the eventual playoff opponent. Harrison had also fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh's linebacker rotation this season.

Harrison originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2002, and after spending time on the practice squad, the Baltimore Ravens and the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, he again signed with the Steelers in 2004. He managed one sack and three tackles while playing a total of 40 defensive snaps.

"We make the decisions that we feel give us the very best chance to win".

The New England Patriots have won their fourth Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick Era by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

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