Harrison ticketed for Bengals?

Harrison ticketed for Bengals?
April 15, 2013, 1:00 am
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Signs are pointing to James Harrison staying in the AFC North.

The hard-hitting, NFL-fine-drawing, quarterback-harassing linebacker who was a mainstay of the Steelers defense appears headed for a deal with the Bengals, ESPN is reporting.

Harrison, 34, refused to take a cut in the $6.6 million salary he was due to make in 2013, so Pittsburgh released him. The Ravens spoke with Harrison, but instead signed Broncos free-agent linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bengals also have met with Dolphins free-agent linebacker Karlos Dansby but appear much closer to signing Harrison. The Bengals lost a starting outside linebacker, Manny Lawson, via free agency. Lawson joined the Bills.

Harrison had six sacks in 2012, in a season that started late for him — he missed the first three games with a knee injury. In 2012, the Bengals had four players with at least six sacks — Geno Atkins (12.5), Michael Johnson (11.5), Wallace Gilberry (6.5) and Carlos Dunlap (6). All four are signed for 2013.

The Bengals, already a formidable pass-rushing defense, could become even more problematic for the Ravens and the rest of the AFC North should Harrison come to Cincinnati.