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.
Terrell Owens appears to still be upset over his Super Bowl XXXIX loss to the Patriots.
The former 49ers, Eagles, and Cowboys wide receiver, who was recently voted into the Hall Of Fame, called the Patriots cheaters in an Instagram story on Tuesday while trash talking former NBA star Sam Cassell. He specifically called out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
The Patriots defeated T.O.'s Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. Owens had nine receptions for 122 yards in the loss.
The 44-year-old is currently attempting a return to the game of football and is reportedly interested in playing in the CFL if an NFL comeback isn't an option.
After an offseason of talk about wrestling, motocross, retirement and "hogwash" trade rumors, Rob Gronkowski will be back in Foxboro when the Patriots report to training camp next week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
So while there will be no holdout, there is the matter of a restructured contract. There's no new deal yet, but the All-Pro tight end, 29, is signed through 2018 and is set to earn a base salary of $8 million this season. He's the fourth-highest paid tight end in the league.
In June at his appearance at mandatory mini-camp (after he and Tom Brady stayed away from voluntary workouts), when asked if he was looking for a new deal, Gronkowski answered, "Who wouldn't?"
Gronk's dissatisfaction with the Patriots goes back to last training camp, according to NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, but he told ex-Patriot Willie McGinest of the NFL Network earlier this month he was "super ready" to return.
The Patriots' first workout is Thursday, July 26 - one day after the veterans' reporting date. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski was at the Patriots facility on Monday.