Harrison: No ill will toward Steelers

Harrison: No ill will toward Steelers
April 23, 2013, 11:45 pm
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James Harrison is now a Bengal. But he says don’t buy into any reports that you might hear about his harboring ill feelings for the Steelers after Pittsburgh let him go because of salary-cap issues.

"I don't have a chip on my shoulder against the Steelers," Harrison told reporters Tuesday. "I don't hate the Steelers. All the things they're saying, that the media is blowing it up to be ... am I disappointed? Yeah, I'm disappointed. But when the negotiations first started, I basically knew the situation was going to be what it was going to be.

"I wish them the best, except for when we play. And I'm assuming they wish me the same, except when we play them."

The dynamic linebacker said he wasn’t necessarily looking just to stay in the AFC North, even though he ended having talks with the Ravens as well as the Bengals.

"There was no significance in staying in the AFC North," Harrison said. "My thing was I wanted to play with a team that was competitive and had a chance of winning a Super Bowl. I felt like Baltimore and Cincinnati were those teams.”

And what do the Bengals need to reach that level?

"It's more consistency,” he said. “I'll leave it at that."