After undervaluing the veteran linebacker, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released James Harrison as they attempt to settle their salary cap issues. Now on the open market, Harrison could be looking to exact revenge on his former team by signing with an AFC North foe.
The Baltimore Ravens, to be exact.
While the Ravens are already facing their own financial situation, adding a playmaker like Harrison to the mix would be an underrated move. More than likely, they’ll have to replace outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who is ready to land a lucrative deal on the open market. Especially with Ray Lewis headed for retirement, the Ravens could use some extra veteran presence in the locker room as they attempt to defend their title as reigning NFL champions.
Harrison would bring knowledge of the Steelers and the entire AFC North to the Ravens’ defensive huddle. Assuming they can get Harrison to agree to a reasonable salary, Baltimore would be getting a valuable asset. He also plays with the type of reckless abandon that the Ravens have come to be known for.
Despite battling injuries throughout the 2012 campaign, Harrison racked up 70 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games. At 34-years-old, the aging linebacker still has some gas left in the tank. If he’s going to be effective with his next employer, though, he’s going to have to stay healthy and out of the training room.
Harrison could be bent on revenge following his release. If he really wants the Steelers to feel his wrath, swapping sides in the AFC North and joining the Ravens would be just the move to make.
Oh the drama of NFL free agency.