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Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

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Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

James Harrison was a larger than life figure during his time in Pittsburgh. 

It was as if God molded him to be a member of the Steelers: massive, physical, and an absolute bruiser.

But at the end of the day he is a football player. And athletes in this sport don't particuarly like time on the bench.

Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization were reminded of this fact in a very harsh manner.

At the end of the December, Harrison made a late season move to sign with the Patriots. It left his former teammates in Pittsburgh frustrated, and his former fans confused.

But at the end of the day he just wanted to be on the football field again. And that's exactly where Belichick put him.

Harrison had the opportunity to appear in many more situations, and had several sacks at the end of the season.

Now there is a new report from Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal that he could re-sign with the Patriots in 2018.

A source close to Price and Harrison said "there's a reasonable chance" that he could be on the roster next year.

He will be playing this upcoming season at age 40, and has previously stated he'd like to play one or two more seasons.


Steelers' Antonio Brown trolls Brady's receiving skills on Instagram

Steelers' Antonio Brown trolls Brady's receiving skills on Instagram

Tom Brady is probably still on the massage table getting treatment for his Super Bowl 52 hits but Steelers receiver Antonio Brown added another via Instagram:

The Pittsburgh All-Pro wideout's post asked his former-teammate-turned-Patriot, James Harrison to tell TB12 to "hmu" (i.e. hit me up) to work on his hands this offseason. And "lost his trainer" apparently refers to Alex Guerrero having his team plane and sideline privileges taken away by the Patriots.

Harrison won't watch Steelers-Jags; 'I'll find out who won Monday'


Harrison won't watch Steelers-Jags; 'I'll find out who won Monday'

FOXBORO -- Following the Patriots' 35-14 win over the Titans Saturday night, the seemingly unsentimental James Harrison -- just ask the Steelers -- scanned the mass of bodies gathered at midfield with one goal in mind: Find Dick LeBeau. LeBeau was Harrison's long-time defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, the man calling the plays when Harrison won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008.

The two shared an embrace, said a few words and went on their way. But the moment lingered with Harrison, who, while he wouldn't detail what was discussed, noted: "I have a great deal of respect for him. Without him, there is no me."


Now the two have gone their separate ways from the franchise where they had their best days. But while LeBeau won't see the Steelers again until next fall, Harrison has a chance to play his former team next weekend should Pittsburgh defeat Jacksonville today. Consider how he left and what was said on his way out by former teammates, you'd guess Harrison would be glued to the television this afternoon.

"No," he said matter-of-factly. "I don't even know what time the game is."

So when will you know who won? 

"When I come into work Monday."

Of greater concern for Harrison: Getting in his leg workout today and tuning into the Cartoon Network to watch "Family Guy" and "American Dad." 

"I don't pay attention to sports," said Harrison. "I'm not a sports fan. If my kid isn't playing, I don't watch it. If it's not film study, I don't watch it."

Harrison continued his part-time role in the Patriots defense Saturday, playing 30 of a possible 67 defensive snaps. He didn't record any sacks or QB hits as he did in the season finale versus the Jets, but the 39-year old edge player was strong at the point of attack and helped limit Derrick Henry to 2.3 yards per carry one week after Henry went for 156 yards in Kansas City. Clearly the Pats have placed a great deal of trust in Harrison to play assignment football but please -- pretty please ---don't tell the man he looks like he's got this defense down.

"Not even close," he said. "That's like asking someone if they just learned the defense in two weeks. If they know all the calls. It's not going to happen. It's like coming in not even during mini-camp, it's like coming in during OTAs. Do you know everything in Day Two? No. Stop asking me that question. I'm not acclimated. I'm not even close."

Well then . . . good talk. We'll see Harrison out there next week but only after he powers through leg day and enjoys a good laugh at Peter Griffin's expense.