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08:01 AM ET 04.16 | While most Bengals players returned to Paul Brown Stadium on Monday, much of the discussion centered on a player who wasn't there. Talks between the Bengals and linebacker James Harrison resumed on Monday with the anticipation that a deal could be struck at any time. For a defense has finished in the top 10 three of the last four years, the addition of Harrison would give the Bengals more of a national identity. He also brings a mean streak that this defense has not had in awhile. "He would fit right in over here. One of the things I like about him is he brings that intensity and swagger to the defense," defensive tackle Domata Peko said. "Whenever I watch him play he is knocking people's heads off."

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April 16, 2013  08:17 AM ET

He's 34. You have to wonder if he can be an impact player, or if he'll be wheezing to keep up.

April 16, 2013  08:24 AM ET

He will be alright. He will have a lot of motivation that he stayed in the same division especially against the Steelers.

April 16, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's 34. You have to wonder if he can be an impact player, or if he'll be wheezing to keep up.

He'll probably be more of a situational player in sub packages.

April 16, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He'll probably be more of a situational player in sub packages.

Third down just like how the Ravens used Kruger.

April 16, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's 34. You have to wonder if he can be an impact player, or if he'll be wheezing to keep up.

He's got a couple good yrs. left and with him playing the Squealers twice a yr. he will be highly motivated for atleast those games, and also for the Ravens since they decided to pass on him.

April 16, 2013  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's 34. You have to wonder if he can be an impact player, or if he'll be wheezing to keep up.

Harrison is a blitzer. Put him in situations where all he has to do is rush the quarterback or block runner's lanes, and he'll do well on any team. I doubt he'll be making any 100 yard interception returns, and he's not the greatest in deeper coverage.

I'm sure the Bengals know what they're getting, and he'll be a great addition.

April 16, 2013  12:17 PM ET

Meh

April 16, 2013  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's got a couple good yrs. left and with him playing the Squealers twice a yr. he will be highly motivated for atleast those games, and also for the Ravens since they decided to pass on him.

If healthy, maybe. But he's been hurt the last two years and he'll be 35 by the start of the season. Plus with the current crackdown on blows to the head, he's not as scary as he was from 2008 - 2010. Why would he be madder at the Steelers than any other opponent??? They wanted to keep him just at a reduced price. He and his agent said, no. It wasn't like they just cut him without trying to keep him on the team. And as for Balt, he was only scheduled for a visit. Iit wasn't like they agreed to a contract and then pulled the rug out from under Harrision at the last minute to sign Dumerville.

Everyone passed on him in the draft, which has always been motivation for him and that hasn't changed one bit with what happen to him in FA.

April 16, 2013  12:39 PM ET

*It wasn't like

April 16, 2013  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Harrison is a blitzer. Put him in situations where all he has to do is rush the quarterback or block runner's lanes, and he'll do well on any team. I doubt he'll be making any 100 yard interception returns, and he's not the greatest in deeper coverage.I'm sure the Bengals know what they're getting, and he'll be a great addition.

Exactly...and the Bengals already have good young LBs that make the tackles and cover the TEs/RBs so this is a good fit for both

April 16, 2013  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He will be alright. He will have a lot of motivation that he stayed in the same division especially against the Steelers.

+1

April 16, 2013  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Exactly...and the Bengals already have good young LBs that make the tackles and cover the TEs/RBs so this is a good fit for both

Fine with me. I prefer it when the teams that come out of the AFC North are battered and bruised going into the playoffs.

April 16, 2013  02:40 PM ET

Browns! LOL..... They could have 10 first round draft picks and shots at all the top free agents and will still figure out a way to suck. Harrison with the Browns - No impact.

April 16, 2013  06:33 PM ET

I wish Harrison was still a Steeler, he definitely still has gas in the tank,I hate to see him lined up on the other side of the line.

 
April 17, 2013  05:55 AM ET
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I wish Harrison was still a Steeler, he definitely still has gas in the tank,I hate to see him lined up on the other side of the line.

Now reports say the Bengals are having trouble signing Harrison to a contract. I guess Mike Brown isn't called the cheapest owner in the NFL. for nothing.

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