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09:29 PM ET 03.10 | Memo to all NFL teams: James Harrison is open to playing for you. Earlier on Saturday, Harrison was finally cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers and almost immediately -- as if out of spite -- said he was open to playing for the New England Patriots. Harrison backed off that statement later in the day but he changed out Patriots and replaced it with Browns as Harrison's agent has expressed an interest in his client playing for Cleveland next year. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Harrison's agent Bill Parise said he thinks his client is a "good fit" with the Browns and could see him playing there for Ray Horton in 2013. But despite being a nemesis for the Browns in the past, going as far as to concuss three of their players in recent years, Harrison is actually not a bad fit for the Browns. Harrison is an Akron native and went to college at Kent State, so he does have ties to the Cleveland area. There's also the Ray Horton connection, as before becoming the defensive coordinator with the Cardinals and now the Browns, Horton was a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers while Harrison was with the team.

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March 11, 2013  01:01 AM ET

Wait for a playoff contender...

March 11, 2013  01:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wait for a playoff contender...

Take whoever will pay you

March 11, 2013  01:27 AM ET

Not surprising. Harrison never struck me as the kind of guy who would make business deccisions based around "loyalty" to his former employer or anything lame like that.

Fact is, the NFL is a business and Harrison should/will go wherever is best for him regardless of whether or not it's another AFC North team.

The whole concept of player loyalty to particular franchises is stupid, anyway. Green Bay let Farve leave town. Montana ended up in Kansas City. Emmitt Smith ran for the Cardinals at the end of his career. Jerry Rice played for the Raiders.

Heck, the Steelers just cut Harrison. Why should he ce concerned with hurting Pitt's collective feelings about where he plays next?

This article insinuates Harrison intentionally mentioned New England and Cleveland as possible landing spots in an attempt to stick it to Pittsburgh. Well yeah... they just cut him! Normal human response.

March 11, 2013  05:20 AM ET

With the Pats on the schedule next season, seems like he'd enjoy playing for a team that will face Pittsburgh.

I don't blame him a bit. He was loyal to a fault, had his agent negotiate tough but fair contracts, worked his butt off every day... he was a leader on this team.

The Steelers say he's not worth six and a half million dollars. He's out to prove them wrong.

Whoever he signs for, he's going to be playing in full-on beast mode all year. And that kind of player can change an entire locker room, boost the entire defense.

We should know, he's done it for us enough time.

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March 11, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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With the Pats on the schedule next season, seems like he'd enjoy playing for a team that will face Pittsburgh.I don't blame him a bit. He was loyal to a fault, had his agent negotiate tough but fair contracts, worked his butt off every day... he was a leader on this team. The Steelers say he's not worth six and a half million dollars. He's out to prove them wrong.Whoever he signs for, he's going to be playing in full-on beast mode all year. And that kind of player can change an entire locker room, boost the entire defense. We should know, he's done it for us enough time.

good post, right on the money, he will be playing with a huge chip on his shoulder,especially if it's against his old team.

Harrison will be missed.

March 11, 2013  10:16 AM ET

T&R would lead us to believe that the Browns are going to be stocking their linebacking corp with a ton of AFC North talent

March 11, 2013  10:48 AM ET

What is scary?

Scary is the pass rushing OLB's that could be signed by a team like the Saints.

New Orleans gets them a pass rush and a "respectable" D, and with that O, they could smash some people.

March 11, 2013  12:25 PM ET
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T&R would lead us to believe that the Browns are going to be stocking their linebacking corp with a ton of AFC North talent

The Browns could be scary on D if they sign both Harrison and Ellerbee. But of the two they should go all in on Ellerbee cause he's younger but both have recent injury issues so it's a toos up which could be injury free next season.

March 11, 2013  12:28 PM ET

the Steelers need to go out and confiscate all photos of those Buble Bee unis! My eyes can't take any more!!!!!!

March 11, 2013  12:50 PM ET
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the Steelers need to go out and confiscate all photos of those *Buble Bee unis! My eyes can't take any more!!!!!!

Bumble Bee

 
March 11, 2013  12:54 PM ET

Wait the Browns are also after Paul Kruger. I don't think Harrision's interest is being returned by the Browns. At least not yet! If they fail to sign either of the two former Ravens' LBs or the former Detroit player they're after then they may come a calling upon Harrison.

Wonder if it will be too late by then?????

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