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Ex-Steelers star Harrison expected to sign with Patriots

27 December, 2017, 02:47 | Author: John Swanson
  • Reports: James Harrison visiting with Patriots Tuesday

On his Instagram account, Harrison confirmed the signing by posting a photo with #Tom Brady with the caption: "Finally".

Harrison hasn't been happy with his role with the Steelers this season and the team let him go in a roster move over the weekend. "We needed the people we kept. Really it's nothing more to it than that", coach Mike Tomlin said.

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The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Harrison has recorded 82.5 sacks, eight interceptions and 570 tackles in 191 career games with the Cincinnati Bengals and Steelers. To make room for Harrison, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly. Harrison would get a chance to play against his former team if both teams advance to the AFC Championship Game for a second straight season. He was active in just five games despite being injury-free and with the Steelers turning more toward outside linebackers Bud Dupree and rookie T.J. Watt.

Pittsburgh cut Harrison on Saturday, Dec. 23.

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The Steelers (12-3) wrapped up their third AFC North title in four years earlier this month and secured a first-round bye by dominating Houston on Christmas night.

The Patriots and Steelers are now vying for the top seed in the AFC, while the Ravens now sit in one of the AFC's Wild Card spot heading into Week 17.

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