By Eric Schmidt

It is starting to appear as if the outright release of linebacker James Harrison by the Pittsburgh Steelers is pending. The Steelers are negotiating with Harrison’s agent while trying to sign Harrison to a new deal but the team has no intention of paying the controversial linebacker the nearly $14 million his current deal is valued at for the next two seasons.

Harrison’s agent told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsbugh Post-Gazette that his client wants to remain in Pittsburgh. “We absolutely want to do this, we want to be in Pittsbugh.”

Harrison struggled with injuries during the 2012 season and will be turning 35 this spring. His salary for 2013 sits currently at $6.57 million and the last year of his contract, 2014 sees his salary increase to $7.575 million. Perhaps the best move for the Steelers at this point might simply be an outright release if Harrison is unwilling to re-work his current deal. Pittsburgh needs to get younger as a team and whether or not the team and it’s fans are willing to admit it, the team is undergoing a rebuilding process.

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