Report: Steelers could release James Harrison soon
The Steelers want linebacker James Harrison to take a pay cut, but the team has been unable to reach an agreement with Harrison's agent, Bill Parise. That could lead to Harrison being released before the new NFL calendar year begins on March 12.
James Harrison wants to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season and the Steelers want Harrison to play for them, but the two sides can't agree on a price and that means Harrison could be released soon, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Steelers want Harrison to take a pay cut, while Harrison's camp seems more intent on restructuring his contract. A restructured deal would give the Steelers some cap room for 2013, but wouldn't require Harrison to take a pay cut.
Harrison, who has two years left on his contract, is scheduled to make $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.575 million in 2014.
"We absolutely want to do this, we absolutely want to be in Pittsburgh," Harrison's agent Bill Parise said.
Parise has stated since February that Harrison would be willing to rework his contract, but that he had no intention of taking a pay cut, "Can we help the Steelers by restructuring James' contract? We're certainly willing to do that," Parise said at the time. "Do we need to take less money? I don't think so. Personally, I think he's a bargain.”
As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, a decision will most likely be rendered by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. That's when the new NFL calendar year begins and that's the deadline for Pittsburgh to be in compliance with the 2013 salary cap.
Although talks between the two parties have seemingly gone nowhere, Parise told NFL.com on March 5 that Harrison "wants to retire with the Steelers. We both want him to."
Even at age 34, Harrison looks to still have some gas left in the tank. The five-time Pro Bowler tied for the team lead in sacks (six) last season, despite playing in only 13 games.
Of course, if football doesn't work out for Harrison, there's always dodgeball.
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