Saturday, March 9, 2013

Steelers Release James Harrison

Steelers Release Linebacker James Harrison

Five-time Pro Bowler James Harrison was released today.

"It's been a great run but all good things must come to an end...Thank you Steelers nation I will miss you all," posted Harrison on his Twitter account earlier today.

Harrison was scheduled to make $5.7 million in 2013 and $7.6 in 2014. With his release, Steelers created $5.1 million in cap space. It was the first cap move made by the team this offseason.

Steelers need to get under the expanded $123 million salary cap by this Tuesday. Roethlisberger and Timmons have already restructured their contracts (see previous posts).

"James has played a major role in the success of this organization during his time in Pittsburgh, " said Coach Tomlin.

Last year, Harrison recorded 6 sacks in 13 games down from 9 the previous year. As AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, he recorded a high of 16 in 15 games. Harrison was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002.

Harrison helped the Steelers in two Super Bowl wins with the longest interception return in Super Bowl history of 100 yards in Super Bowl LXIII.

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