James Harrison visiting with Patriots Tuesday

James Harrison visiting with Patriots Tuesday

ESPN is reporting that former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is expected to sign with the New England Patriots after working out for the team on Tuesday, according to NBC Boston. But after visiting with New England on Tuesday, Harrison has signed with the Patriots. The 39-year-old posted a selfie with quarterback Tom Brady shortly after the news of his signing broke.

The Steelers released Harrison, the franchise's all-time sacks leader, on Saturday to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who returned from suspension.

The Steelers released Harrison mostly as a procedural move to add another offensive lineman to their roster.




Harrison's playing time dipped significantly this season.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2008 defensive player of the year, Harrison began with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2002. The only competition for that coveted top seed is the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Patriots can handle business all on their own. Both teams have locked up a first-round bye in the playoffs. Marquis Flowers played great in Sunday's win over the Bills in Van Noy's absence, leading the team with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but the Pats could use more depth at linebacker without Dont'a Hightower.

Harrison has 80 1/2 sacks in 15 years, 14 of which have been spent in Pittsburgh. With that on the line, expect to see starters in this final game of the regular season, unless the Patriots get up by 20 or more in the 4th quarter.

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