Will Harrison, Steelers part ways?

Will Harrison, Steelers part ways?
February 13, 2013, 12:15 am
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James Harrison is willing to move his money around to help the Steelers deal with the salary cap, but he’s not ready to take a pay cut. That makes his future in Pittsburgh uncertain.

The pass-rushing linebacker is due $6.6 million in 2013 and $7.6 million in 2014. Harrison is 34 and missed three games last season while recovering from knee surgery. Though he had six sacks in 13 games, the Steelers well may not want to pay so much for a player his age with his injury history. Even Ravens fans would concede that the Pittsburgh organization is smartly run and the club rarely overpays a veteran out of sentiment for his past achievements.

However, John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes: “Harrison is worth the gamble. The Steelers need Harrison because they aren't better without him. Letting him go would be a mistake.”

Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told the Tribune-Review: “Can we help the Steelers by restructuring James' contract? We're certainly willing to do that. Do we need to take less money? I don't think so.”

Knowing when to say “when” can be a tricky matter. The Ravens’ chief AFC North rival may have to finesse this one.