UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Audibles

2014 NFL free agency: James Harrison wants to return to Steelers

James Harrison After spending a season in Cincinnati, James Harrison was released and now needs a new team. (Al Behrman/AP)

Pittsburgh Steelers fans were disappointed when longtime defensive standout James Harrison was released last offseason as a casualty of the salary cap. Things were made even worse when he signed with AFC North rival Cincinnati. So what do they make of the news that Harrison would be interested in rejoining the Steelers?

After a mediocre year across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, Harrison was released again this offseason because of salary cap concerns. And when asked recently if he would be open to a Pittsburgh return, his answer made it very clear.

“Everybody knows that” Harrison said during an appearance on NFL Total Access. “I’ve got two rings and I’ve got a lot of relationships, teammates, former teammates that are still good friends."

MORE: 2014 NFL free agent tracker | NFL mock draft database: SI’s experts weigh in

The Steelers are very thin at outside linebacker behind Jason Worilds and last year's first-round selection, Jarvis Jones, so would they be willing to add Harrison as depth and a situational pass rusher?

He clearly has showed signs of slowing down from when he was one of the most dynamic and intimidating pass rushers in the league. In fact, he could be on his last legs. If so, the Steelers may be interested only if the deal is worth the veteran minimum.

GALLERY: Harrison's epic Super Bowl-touchdown return in pictures
Promoted Stories
Comments
SI.com

Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.

SI.com

Click the share icon to bookmark us.