Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers LB visiting with New England Patriots, reports say

  • Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers LB visiting with New England Patriots, reports say

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers LB visiting with New England Patriots, reports say

The New England Patriots are expected to sign James Harrison, according to ESPN.

The Steelers announced they released Harrison Saturday to make room on the roster for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert. Harrison was shockingly cut by the Steelers last week and cleared waivers.

Trying to even imagine Harrison in a Patriots jersey is borderline impossible. Eric Lee, picked up in late November from the Buffalo practice squad, has been a nice surprise this month but is also inexperienced, and the Patriots could use a little more depth until Kyle Van Noy returns, though he has spent most of his time as an inside linebacker. Watt. Harrison has played 40 snaps through 14 games this season, compared to 587 a year ago. The Patriots and the Steelers now share the AFC spotlight with 12-3 records, made possible by New England's controversial, last-second win at Heinz Field on December 17. He's a two-time first-team All-Pro and two-time second-team All-Pro. Harrison has proven his worth as a pass rusher in the past, and still has plenty left in the tank. Harrison also came up big in the Steelers' past two playoff runs with multiple sacks.

Harrison has played 40 snaps through 14 games this season, compared to 587 a year ago.

Harrison has 788 career tackles, 82.5 sacks, eight interceptions and 33 forced fumbles in 15 National Football League seasons. Of course, that means he's been a huge part of the Patriots-Steelers rivalry and now he will have the chance to change courses and help bring another Super Bowl title to New England. He only played 40 snaps this season and had been on the field for one game since Week 8.