At this time last week, all signs pointed to the Cincinnati Bengals working out a deal with former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for the 2013 season. Unfortunately, the two sides had their differences over the amount of money in a contract and it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out anymore.
Now, of course the main question that comes to mind–will the Bengals regret not being able to sign Harrison?
Obviously, money must have been the main factor in the reason why things didn’t work out, but with the amount of cap space they have–it’s hard not to wonder if Cincinnati should have been willing to pay a little more to bring the linebacker on board. While some of his intense hits have been controversial at times over the years, there’s no denying the fact what type of impact Harrison has on the football field.
For a team in need of help at the linebacker position–the Bengals certainly could have used a player like Harrison for the 2013 season.
There’s always the small possibility that something could happen down the road, but this could turn into one of those moves the Bengals end up regretting down the road. For a team that has displayed one of the league’s top defenses over the last two years, Harrison could have helped take this team to the next level in 2013.
Cincinnati should still be contenders once again next season, but let’s hope they don’t regret missing out on a player like Harrison once next season rolls around.
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