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James Harrison won't take pay cut to remain with Steelers

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12:03 PM ET 02.13 | It isn't much of a secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to release or restructure the contracts of more than a few veteran players this offseason to get under the salary cap. Many believe that the first casualty could be linebacker James Harrison, who is set to make $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.57 million in '14. That is a big cap number for a player who turns 35 in May, is coming off knee surgery a year ago and is two years removed from a pair of back surgeries. Being that the Steelers have little to no depth at linebacker, it would make sense to bring Harrison back at a cheaper number. He's nowhere near the dominant pass-rusher of a few seasons ago, but given what else the Steelers currently have at outside linebacker, Harrison is still more productive than the likes of Chris Carter and Jason Worilds, who is an even bigger injury risk than Harrison. But there will be no hometown discount coming the Steelers' way since Harrison seems unwilling to take a pay cut in order to return to the Steelers.

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February 13, 2013  10:21 PM ET

No Pay Cut , No Play!!!

February 14, 2013  05:42 AM ET

It's deja vu all over again.

February 14, 2013  06:39 AM ET

Good. No one should take pay cuts. If someone else is willing to pay you more, go there.

Kind of defeats the purpose of the salary cap when players are willing to suit up for the better teams at a discount price.

February 14, 2013  06:54 AM ET

Bye bye........

February 14, 2013  07:34 AM ET

Looks like bye bye to a thug.

February 14, 2013  07:43 AM ET

Would you fools take a pay cut at your current job, when others are willing to pay your worth ?

February 14, 2013  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Would you fools take a pay cut at your current job, when others are willing to pay your worth ?

No chance. Loyalty only goes so far.

Ask E. Smith.

February 14, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

No chance. Loyalty only goes so far. Ask E. Smith.

Word to big bird.

Ravens bout to learn that soon.

February 14, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Under the Guido plan if a player has been in the 10 Years the Team that he's Playing for would have two spots on the roster for Veteran Exemptions, meaning that in the case of Harrison 50% of his annual contract would go against the cap, this would give a team like the Steelers to designated the player they would want to keep on the roster, this will allow a team to reward it's star performers, the catch is the veteran would have to be on the team in year nine so a guy like Peyton would have been full tilt with Denver but Harrison and let's say Palamalu would be at 50% of Cap!!They would make the money on team Jersey sales alone!!! That's why I'm The Gweeed!!!

February 14, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Under the Guido plan if a player has been in the 10 Years the Team that he's Playing for would have two spots on the roster for Veteran Exemptions, meaning that in the case of Harrison 50% of his annual contract would go against the cap, this would give a team like the Steelers to designated the player they would want to keep on the roster, this will allow a team to reward it's star performers, the catch is the veteran would have to be on the team in year nine so a guy like Peyton would have been full tilt with Denver but Harrison and let's say Palamalu would be at 50% of Cap!!They would make the money on team Jersey sales alone!!! That's why I'm The Gweeed!!!

Having half of Harrison's and Palamalu's salaries count against the cap only seems fair since they are both on the field only about half the time lately anyway.

February 14, 2013  10:52 AM ET

I wouldn't! Most of these players have nothing after football so why exactly would I take a paycut? Besides, mgmt also signed the contract they agreed not just his.

February 14, 2013  11:07 AM ET

Sounds like the stubbornness of a caged old dog getting ready to be put down.

February 14, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Would you fools take a pay cut at your current job, when others are willing to pay your worth ?

Spot on.

The man is 35 yrs old...he knows that he has 2-3 years left at most...

He should refuse, let them cut him and he can seek a last payday elsewhere....someone such as the Saints, would sign him in a split second.

February 14, 2013  12:24 PM ET

It won't be a pay cut. It will be an extension and reqorked bonus money up front to spread over a couple of additional years that he won't play. Then it will become dead money to the Steelers 3-4 years from now.

February 14, 2013  12:31 PM ET

He needs his money for all the fines! I bet the's out of the league in a couple years.

February 14, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He needs his money for all the fines! I bet the's out of the league in a couple years.

Since he will be 35 when the season starts......then yes, he will probably be retired in a couple of years. Thanks for the common sense observation......

 
February 14, 2013  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Would you fools take a pay cut at your current job, when others are willing to pay your worth ?

He'll naw....no loyalty...just money

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