James Harrison was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the veteran linebacker refused to take a pay cut from his $6.57 million salary. Despite his agent telling sources that Harrison would be open to a return to Pittsburgh, the Steelers seem to be moving on. The veteran tackler has received the cold shoulder treatment around the league with little interest from any organization right now.
Ed Bouchette reports on Twitter that the Steelers informed Harrison’s agent over the weekend that the team is going a different direction at right outside linebacker. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters at the Owners Meetings that he believes Jason Worilds is the man for the job. “I believe Jason Worilds is chomping at the bit to prove he is capable of being that.”
This move signifies that the Steelers are seriously committed to getting younger on defense.
For Harrison, soon to be 35, it’s time to face the reality that he might just receive a one-year deal with another team. If he is not signed to a deal in the next week few weeks, there is the chance that he might have to wait until the start of camps later this summer. Harrison recorded 70 tackles and six sacks last season for the Steelers.