Report: Steelers, James Harrison could soon part ways

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers and linebacker James Harrison may soon part ways, since they’ve hit an impasse regarding his contract.

Negotiations between the Steelers and the agent for James Harrison continue but neither side has found anything to their liking on a new deal and the chance has increased that the star linebacker could be released soon.

Harrison’s agent claims they want to work things out.

Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent and a Beaver County resident, declined comment other than to say “We absolutely want to do this, we absolutely want to be in Pittsburgh.”

The Steelers want him to take a pay cut, a source familiar with the negotiations said, but the sides cannot agree on just how that would work in a new deal. Harrison also has a salary for 2014 at $7,575,000. His salaries are not guaranteed.

The likely deadline for a decision one way or another on a new contract would be Tuesday because the NFL calendar year begins at 4 p.m. that day and the Steelers must be in salary cap compliance then, when free agency also starts.

The Steelers are a very stubborn franchise.  They strongly believe in not overpaying a player.  It’s served them well in the past because they do a great job of replacing older players with younger ones.