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(ESPN)   Steelers linebacker James Harrison launches himself headfirst into free agency   (espn.go.com) divider line 39
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2013-03-09 01:19:49 PM
Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.
 
2013-03-09 01:59:59 PM
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2013-03-09 02:46:59 PM
I really hope the Eagles don't try to sign him.
 
2013-03-09 03:48:17 PM
So long it's been nice to know you.
 
2013-03-09 05:34:42 PM
Hm, if they released him to clear a lousy $5m in cap room then it probably says something about what's happened to his on-field abilities.  But hey, age eventually catches up with everyone.  He was a late bloomer to begin with.
 
2013-03-09 05:36:48 PM

Super Chronic: Hm, if they released him to clear a lousy $5m in cap room then it probably says something about what's happened to his on-field abilities.  But hey, age eventually catches up with everyone.  He was a late bloomer to begin with.


Weren't they struggling with the cap last season, too? Sounds like its been a project for a couple of years
 
2013-03-09 05:42:29 PM
Come to da bears
 
2013-03-09 05:45:23 PM

neuroflare: Super Chronic: Hm, if they released him to clear a lousy $5m in cap room then it probably says something about what's happened to his on-field abilities.  But hey, age eventually catches up with everyone.  He was a late bloomer to begin with.

Weren't they struggling with the cap last season, too? Sounds like its been a project for a couple of years


I think so, yeah.  They definitely had issues making Mike Wallace fit for 2012, and now that seems to be over as well.

Also, this is going to be a hell of a free agent market for pass rushers who used to be really good a couple of years ago.
 
2013-03-09 05:50:32 PM

CavalierEternal: Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.


It's not "our" division, it belongs to the Steelers and the Ravens. We're nice enough to let the Turds hang out with the rest of the North because no one else wanted them.

As for Harrison, meh. Another Steelers LB LeBeau's system made a star who wants more money than he is worth. The Steelers don't give out big contracts based on what you've done in the past, only on what you can still do. And Harrison can't play anymore.

Good luck finding that big money on the free market, James. I'm sure you'll enjoy a "resurgence" in Buffalo or maybe Arizona (they seem to love Steelers' castoffs) before being out of the league in 2 years.

/and probably broke in 3
//total idiot...but he used to be unblockable about 5 years ago
 
2013-03-09 05:54:06 PM

Super Chronic: neuroflare: Super Chronic: Hm, if they released him to clear a lousy $5m in cap room then it probably says something about what's happened to his on-field abilities.  But hey, age eventually catches up with everyone.  He was a late bloomer to begin with.

Weren't they struggling with the cap last season, too? Sounds like its been a project for a couple of years

I think so, yeah.  They definitely had issues making Mike Wallace fit for 2012, and now that seems to be over as well.

Also, this is going to be a hell of a free agent market for pass rushers who used to be really good a couple of years ago.


Yes the Steelers have cap issues every year. And every year they restructure and make cuts to squeeze under the cap somehow.

Usually they end up losing some FA who gets overpaid to underperform on a different team (Hi Mike Wallace! Enjoy Matt Moore in Miami).

And there does seen to be a glut of guys who use to be able to rush the passer available this year.
 
2013-03-09 06:09:09 PM
Green Bay could always use another QB injuring goon.
 
2013-03-09 06:17:27 PM

js34603: Super Chronic: neuroflare: Super Chronic: Hm, if they released him to clear a lousy $5m in cap room then it probably says something about what's happened to his on-field abilities.  But hey, age eventually catches up with everyone.  He was a late bloomer to begin with.

Weren't they struggling with the cap last season, too? Sounds like its been a project for a couple of years

I think so, yeah.  They definitely had issues making Mike Wallace fit for 2012, and now that seems to be over as well.

Also, this is going to be a hell of a free agent market for pass rushers who used to be really good a couple of years ago.

Yes the Steelers have cap issues every year. And every year they restructure and make cuts to squeeze under the cap somehow.

Usually they end up losing some FA who gets overpaid to underperform on a different team (Hi Mike Wallace! Enjoy Matt Moore in Miami).

And there does seen to be a glut of guys who use to be able to rush the passer available this year.


Tannehill lost his job?
 
2013-03-09 06:29:07 PM
my heart has a sad.  thank you James, that interception return in the super bowl was one of the greatest plays I've ever seen
 
2013-03-09 06:47:39 PM

CavalierEternal: Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.


There's a pretty good chance the Browns sign him
 
2013-03-09 06:49:43 PM
I'm gonna miss that monster.

That said, he will go an underperform for Arizona. He was great, but between his age, salary, and knee injury, he doesn't have all that much gas left. Definately a few more seasons, but not for as much $ as he wants.

Once they unload Wallace & Bumbleball, they will be in a much better position, but they still will be in bad shape.

Too much emphasis on starters instead of quality depth, which has been their strength. They have alot of good young players in key positions but are too injury prone.
 
2013-03-09 06:53:12 PM
The unrestricted free agents list is like an All-Pro team.  Some guys are gonna get mad paid, but probably just for the short term.  Lots of age and injuries on that list too.  Harrison has Bengals or Raiders written all over him.
 
2013-03-09 07:05:17 PM

Wittenberg Dropout: Green Bay could always use another QB injuring goon.


Fark no! The NFC North already has enough O-line issues with QB protection, we don't need to have Captain Headhunter farking up the other QB's in the NFC North any worse than they already get farked up.
 
2013-03-09 07:11:12 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: The unrestricted free agents list is like an All-Pro team.  Some guys are gonna get mad paid, but probably just for the short term.  Lots of age and injuries on that list too.  Harrison has Bengals or Raiders written all over him.


Raiders maybe. Don't see the Bengals having a need for him.
 
2013-03-09 07:19:32 PM

ltdanman44: my heart has a sad.  thank you James, that interception return in the super bowl was one of the greatest plays I've ever seen


You are a big fan of uncalled illegal blocks in the back?

Anyway, good riddance to that dirty scumbag.
 
2013-03-09 08:14:04 PM
can everyone quit with ESPN links forever? please? pretty please with sugar on top?

many thanks to farkers for giving me the non autoplay version in the comments.

fark you ESPN, fark you right in Berman's ear
 
2013-03-09 08:38:10 PM
Hope he goes to the Cowboys.
 
2013-03-09 08:54:05 PM

SilentStrider: Ryker's Peninsula: The unrestricted free agents list is like an All-Pro team.  Some guys are gonna get mad paid, but probably just for the short term.  Lots of age and injuries on that list too.  Harrison has Bengals or Raiders written all over him.

Raiders maybe. Don't see the Bengals having a need for him.


The Raiders still are looking to run a 4-3 (depending on how the draft shakes out) and are scraping money in couch cushions to start with.  No way they even bring him in for an interview.
 
2013-03-09 09:13:20 PM

EightyEight: can everyone quit with ESPN links forever? please? pretty please with sugar on top?

many thanks to farkers for giving me the non autoplay version in the comments.

fark you ESPN, fark you right in Berman's ear


Unless Berman has a gun to your head and is forcing you to click, your whining is pointless. Don't like it, don't click.
 
2013-03-09 10:20:47 PM

Lost Thought 00: CavalierEternal: Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.

There's a pretty good chance the Browns sign him


YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!

Steelers cut him for a reason. He'll be 35 by next season. I don't see him adding anything unless they get him for the price of a bus ticket.
 
2013-03-09 10:36:32 PM

CavalierEternal: Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.


Or if he's in that division, in something more orange.

/...and no black.
 
2013-03-09 10:45:17 PM

IlGreven: CavalierEternal: Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.

Or if he's in that division, in something more orange.

/...and no black.


I don't want him in Cleveland. I really don't want to have to come up with excuses for why it's okay for him to be a headhunting piece of sh*t here and not in Pittsburgh.
 
2013-03-09 10:59:28 PM

CavalierEternal: IlGreven: CavalierEternal: Thank god. Get that scumbag out of our division now.

Or if he's in that division, in something more orange.

/...and no black.

I don't want him in Cleveland. I really don't want to have to come up with excuses for why it's okay for him to be a headhunting piece of sh*t here and not in Pittsburgh.


The only upside to Harrison as a Brown would be the absolute, irrefutable proof that the new ownership and management were complete garbage.  I want to believe it's different this time, and hope that it is.  But signing Harrison would remove any doubt that it is not.
 
2013-03-09 11:04:10 PM
an old man with a bad back, oh yeah, great catch for a team.
 
2013-03-09 11:08:56 PM
Harrison was the big star among the linebackers even when Farrior was still playing, and then when Farrior and Ward retired, there was a lot of talk about the team losing its leadership. So Harrison obviously doesn't have the personality that would make him desirable even as age and injury meant he was losing a step. To top it all off, he was dumb enough not to take a pay cut. News flash, James: you are probably taking a pay cut no matter where you land.
 
2013-03-09 11:17:55 PM

CavalierEternal: I don't want him in Cleveland. I really don't want to have to come up with excuses for why it's okay for him to be a headhunting piece of sh*t here and not in Pittsburgh.


Same for Philly.
I know they're looking to switch over to the 3-4, but Harrison would be counterproductive. There's a guy in the draft they can take at the 4 spot who'd fit what they need perfectly, and Kelly knows him since the kid went to Oregon. I really hope that's the route they go.
 
2013-03-09 11:52:33 PM
WTF is ESPN smoking rating him as the best Free Agent out there when he's a step slower and over the hill? Give  me Long with a bum arm any day over Harrison.
 
2013-03-10 12:43:35 AM
He's lost a step so it's not a big loss. Everybody slows down, and he lost a step last year. Froma business standpoint it was an easy decision to make.

The best part about this, though, is that he'll be signed by some team, and then we get to see the rationalizations from some guy who has spent the better part of the last 10 years cracking on the Steelers because of Harrison, calling him a thug and the like, why Harrison is good for their favorite team. You're going to be able to hear the heads exploding all the way across the country.
 
2013-03-10 04:50:08 AM
Comment from Cleveland's WFNY blog (not by a writer, but by a commenter)

I don't wish injury on anyone, and the long-term, chronic, debilitating conditions sustained from high-level football play when guys are bigger, faster and stronger than ever before represents what should be a serious ethical dilemma for any fan. That being said, there will be more than a few people in N.E. Ohio who won't shed a tear and some will no doubt celebrate when this guy inevitably turns into a vegetable

...

The bottom line is that there is nothing nice that can be said about James Harrison, a man whose relish for inflicting the long-term brain trauma that I decried above (something you chose to ignore entirely) makes him a monster.


Harsh, random Cleveland fan.Harsh.

It's easy to see the point though. Harrison has made a career of launching himself head-first, and has quite a few concussions to his name. It would not surprise me if he's showing CTE symptoms now, and it seems almost certain that he'll be one of those sad stories that are becoming so common. But ultimately, it's the way he played, and it's hard to feel sympathy for a guy who took pride in getting other players carted off.
 
2013-03-10 11:30:46 AM
In the beginning, he was a terror on special teams. Then, as a LB, he became a terror to other teams. Now, he's an old LB and its time to go to another team. I enjoyed his time spent as part of the Steelers. He earned a couple rings.

To all the haters, show me a linebacker who's not trying to rip someone's head off and I'll show you a very short, unproductive career.
 
2013-03-10 11:44:40 AM
Farking perfect headline for that a hole. Nice one subs, and the packer joke above. You had to go back over 25 years for a joke? Really?
 
2013-03-10 01:47:29 PM
Why doesn't he just retire? I mean, he was all set to do that when the league told him no more launching himself head-first at people? You know, his God-given right to inure others less manly than him that was being taken away from him by the gay-ass pussies of the world?

He reminded me so much of the "tough guys" I work with who talk about how they're going to stand up to the Boss for all those stupid rules he makes them follow, (but never will, because without a paycheck they can't afford their child support payments, heroic booze intake, and lotto ticket splurges) when he threw that tantrum.
 
2013-03-10 11:19:50 PM
The whiney ass titty babies are out in force.
 
2013-03-10 11:46:03 PM
Well, good for him. This frees up more time for him to smack around his babymama.
 
2013-03-11 07:13:06 PM
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