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Bengals sign former Steelers LB James Harrison

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12:49 PM ET 04.20 | Former Pittsburgh Steeler and free agent linebacker James Harrison has reached an agreement on a two-year deal with AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson confirmed the signing by quoting Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, who said, "Any time you can get James Harrison on your team, it's a great day." Harrison and the Bengals had been talking over the past week in an effort to get a deal done, however it seemed as though the two sides were going to be unable to come to an agreement. Harrison was released by the Steelers in early March when he said he would be unwilling to take a pay cut. Many believe that his motivation to sign with the Bengals is out of revenge. The Bengals are in need of a SAM linebacker for their base 4-3 defense. They have Vontaze Burfict, who led the team in tackles at WILL, and Rey Maualuga, who was re-signed as a free agent, at MIKE. They lost their former SAM linebacker, Manny Lawson, to the Bills in free agency. Even though Harrison is accustomed to a 3-4 defense, the SAM linebacker in the Bengals defense in 2012 only played a third of the team's snaps.

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April 20, 2013  02:04 PM ET

Traded bumblebee stripes for tiger stripes, good luck James, I wish you were still in Pittsburgh.

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April 20, 2013  02:25 PM ET

This would be a nice signing five years ago....not much today.

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April 20, 2013  02:55 PM ET
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Because....34 is washed up? Last year was a down year and he had 6 sacks. 2 seasons ago, he had 9 sacks.

Didn't call him washed up that I recall.

Jason Worillds will be replacing Harrison in the Steeler defense. He was the backup and managed five sacks in a limited role....that position in the Steelers d is designed for the opportunity to get to the QB.

When you start having "down years" as you called it....and declining production and you are in your mid thirties...can being washed up be far behind?

April 20, 2013  08:26 PM ET

We will soon see what's left in the Tank!

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April 21, 2013  09:32 AM ET

It's a shame he couldn't have been traded to Cleveland. He and Cold McCoy could have sung kumbayah and shared a V-8.

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