Patriots Sign Former Steelers LB Harrison
Just a couple of days after veteran linebacker James Harrison was cut loose by his longtime employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots have swooped in to ink the 39-year-old pass rush threat to their active roster.
Just to make sure everyone believed the early reports, Harrison took to his personal Instagram account to assure everyone that he was joining the team. Harrison snapped a photo with new teammate Tom Brady, bragging that he officially had a teammate older than him now.
Harrison, who had appeared in just five games with only 40 total snaps played for Pittsburgh so far this season, brings with him a pass rushing capability that has lacked along the New England front line this season.
While he is obviously older and has his most dominant play likely in his rear-view mirror, Harrison should feel fresh and ready to go.
Over his 15-year playing career, in which he spent all but one year in Pittsburgh, Harrison has totaled 788 tackles, 82.5 sacks, 33 forced fumbles and eight interceptions.
He also brings a wealth of playoff experience to the table, having tallied 86 tackles and 11 sacks in 19 postseason games.
To make room for Harrison on the active roster, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly.