The Steelers have re-signed OLB James Harrison to a two year deal today. The financial specifics have not yet been disclosed, but you can expect this to be a low risk, low guarantee signing.
Done deal. pic.twitter.com/neSnEdyjtv
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 22, 2015
— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) March 22, 2015
Harrison teased the fanbase last night when he posted a video to his Instagram account. In the video, he asked his sons to choose where he should sign, Pittsburgh or Tennessee. The boys were split between the two. Along with the video, the veteran linebacker added the following caption:
“The opinions of my support team are split, but for me, my love for the man who both started, and made my career what it is, is undeniable. There are no words that I can find that would do justice for everything Dick LeBeau has done for me & my career and nothing can compare to that! I also have a great amount of love for Steelers Nation & the Steelers organization. I’m going to pray on this and let God guide me in the right direction.”
It’s not unreasonable to suspect that the stir Harrison caused last night may have forced the team to act sooner than they intended. It seems unlikely they wanted to sign him so early.
Per Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, according to Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, the Steelers have re-signed Harrison to fill a rotational role. Parise says that the choice came down to Pittsburgh or Tennessee, but there were other suitors. Ultimately, he says, the decision to re-sign him this early in the year was about giving him a full training camp to get in the best possible shape.
Harrison rushed the passer 223 times last season, and registered 6 sacks. At 37, the Steelers will not want to rely on Harrison to play 60+ snaps a week, but he’s a very productive safety net who can help with the transition from coaching staff changes.