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08:06 AM ET 02.12 | Steelers linebacker James Harrison is willing to restructure his contract, though a pay cut isn't his likely preference, obviously. [That] stubborn streak could make him an ex-Steeler. Harrison is scheduled to earn $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.57 million in '14. That's a big salary-cap number for a pass-rusher who turns 35 in May, is coming off knee surgery a year ago and is two years removed from two back surgeries. Harrison may be banged up, but it's shortsighted to label him old. ... Are the Steelers better off with Harrison on their payroll, even in a more limited role, at a fraction of his salary? Yes, they are. To believe otherwise is delusional. ... At the same time, [agent Bill Parise] said the Steelers made no assurances they won't release Harrison.

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February 12, 2013  08:11 AM ET

The Steelers have a history of letting players go if the cap doesn't make sense, even if they are popular ones. They do very well at identifying young talent to replace them. And with the new CBA being friendlier on the draft pick $$, makes more sense.

February 12, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Steelers have a history of letting players go if the cap doesn't make sense, even if they are popular ones. They do very well at identifying young talent to replace them.

How did the team get so old, then ?

February 12, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How did the team get so old, then ?

This according to CBS' Bill Cowher, though...

February 12, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How did the team get so old, then ?

Because the cap numbers still made sense.

February 12, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How did the team get so old, then ?

Steelers D in 2012 regular season was #1 in total yards/game, #1 in passing yds, #2 in rush yds, # 6 in points/game -so not looking that old, considering Ben was out and injured so the scoring was down and the D was on the field longer too.

February 12, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Steelers D in 2012 regular season was #1 in total yards/game, #1 in passing yds, #2 in rush yds, # 6 in points/game -so not looking that old, considering Ben was out and injured so the scoring was down and the D was on the field longer too.

Word.

February 12, 2013  09:15 AM ET

They will work something out, he will remain a Steeler.

February 12, 2013  09:54 AM ET

He's one of those guys, you just can't envision playing for another team.

February 12, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Like Osi, it's pay cut or see you later, the cap is the killer of Veterans staying with one team whole career and a team becoming a Dynstay! They should expand the roster reserved for veterans who have been with a team more than 10 Years, 2 Spots and only 50% O's Salary goes against the Cap, the team will make that up in The Sale of Football Jerseys alone, who wouldn't want to wear a Tom Brady shirt knowing he can play maybe 2 more years, right Pat Fans?

February 12, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Ya know I am getting sick of the cap issue, why did these knucklehead players sign the CBA knowing they were gonna get screwed on the money end?

February 12, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They will work something out, he will remain a Steeler.

It just seems too logical.

February 12, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Ya know I am getting sick of the cap issue, why did these knucklehead players sign the CBA knowing they were gonna get screwed on the money end?

Regardless of what the cap level is, there needs to be a cap or the NFL becomes no better than the NBA or MLB where teams try to buy championships.

February 12, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Steelers voted against the CBA.

February 12, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They will work something out, he will remain a Steeler.

I think so for 1 more year but truth is 35 is pretty old for a linebacker. Butkus retired at 31, Lambert at 32. Guys who play there past the age of 35 are very few and far between

February 12, 2013  11:12 AM ET

The defense is on a decline, but the Steelers also need to keep Big Ben healthy for 16 regular season games to even just compete for a playoff spot.

February 12, 2013  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I think so for 1 more year but truth is 35 is pretty old for a linebacker. Butkus retired at 31, Lambert at 32. Guys who play there past the age of 35 are very few and far between

Ray Lewis played at 37, but then again, he hung 'em up.

February 12, 2013  01:15 PM ET

The Steelers draft high enough this year that there will be some good rushing OLBers available...unless they go after a CB.

The already have Worilds and Carter...so I wouldn't be surprised if they part ways with Harrison. There's some great rushing OLBers in the drafter...Mingo, Jordan and Jarvis Jones, all of who could still be there for the Steelers.

Harrison wouldn't be the first LBer they let go and he won't be the last.

February 12, 2013  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They will work something out, he will remain a Steeler.

yup

February 12, 2013  03:02 PM ET

He'll redo his contract he ain't going anywhere...

 
February 12, 2013  06:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ray Lewis played at 37, but then again, he hung 'em up.

Ray Lewis and London Fletcher are a couple of those "few and far betweens"

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