According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have informed James Harrison’s agent that they will not be re-signing him.
Steelers closed the door on James Harrison over the weekend. Their options now at right outside linebacker:
Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent, said on Monday that he “has a couple things going on” with teams in the NFL. However, the Steelers are not one of them and let Harrison know over the weekend they have decided to go with others at his old position at right outside linebacker.
That decision likely was formed not long after the Steelers released Harrison March 9 when the two sides could not agree on how much of a paycut the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker would take from his scheduled 2013 salary of $6.57 million.
The Steelers have at least kicked the tires of other veteran outside linebackers who are free agents. They talk as if Jason Worilds will replace Harrison. There’s also the draft.
I think the Steelers realize that now is the time to get younger on defense and bringing back Harrison will only stunt their growth as they look to rebuild parts of their roster.