James Harrison

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Could the Patriots be seeing a familiar, old rival in the playoffs? Or could they be seeing him on their own defense for their playoff run?

The Arizona Cardinals released longtime Pats nemesis Terrell Suggs, 37, on Friday and he'll be on waivers until Monday. While the Patriots, at 10-3, are far down on the waiver list to claim him, the former Pro Bowl linebacker's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, with the NFL's best record at 12-2, are last in line, so a potential reunion appears to be a long shot.

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If he goes unclaimed, he'll be a free agent, calling to mind two years ago when the Pats snapped up pass rusher James Harrison, then 39, after Harrison passed through waivers following his release from the Steelers. 

While it's not the Patriots defense, but an offense that hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since Halloween, that could use a boost this season, the idea of the guy who once refused to say Tom Brady's name (he'd call him "the pretty boy up north") surfacing in New England was too good to resist for a couple of ex-players:

James Harrison and Aaron Donald weigh in on Rob Gronkowski's retirement

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James Harrison and Aaron Donald weigh in on Rob Gronkowski's retirement

You knew immediately following Rob Gronkowski's announcement of his intention to retire on Sunday night, that the NFL media's speculation of a return would fester right up until he's no longer eligible to return. They didn't disappoint.

Add Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald to the ranks that believe a Rob Gronkowski return is not out of the question.

The defensive powerhouse reportedly told TMZ when asked about a Gronk comeback:

"I don't know [but] he's retired right now...Great player, had a great career. Won a couple of rings—one of the best to do it."

Aaron Donald faced off opposite Gronkowski in Super Bowl LIII back in February. The two were arguably the most talented players in the league at their position, with Donald wreaking havoc on opposing offensive lines, while Gronk was frequently downright uncoverable.

Meanwhile, former Gronkowski teammate and one time Patriot linebacker James Harrison weighed in on what it was like to play on the same team as him on FS1's "The Herd."

“He never really said anything...He wasn’t really a talker out there, same thing at practice. Other than being goofy and playing around.”

Given Gronk's goofy and playful demeanor, as alluded to by Harrison, it's hard to imagine him as being quiet.

Regardless of whether or not Gronkowski decides to return, which was heavily hinted at by his agent Drew Rosenhaus, the tight end will go down as one of, if not the best at his position in NFL history. 

While the New England Patriots can polarize many fans, most are unanimous in their love for the former Patriots great.

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Harrison: Belichick's a better coach than Tomlin

Harrison: Belichick's a better coach than Tomlin

The who's-the-better-coach-Bill Belichick-or-Mike Tomlin? debate has been over for a while now -- last December may have been the final nail in that particular coffin -- but James Harrison played for both, he was Skip Bayliss and Shannon Sharpe's guest on FS1's Undisputed, so the question was a natural one:

Mike Tomlin [or] Bill Belichick?

"Belichick" was Harrison's quick, unequivocal answer.

By far?

"To me, yes."

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Okay, then, Why?

"Mike Tomlin's good as a head coach," said Harrison, the Steelers' long-time linebacker who finished his career with the Patriots last season. "He's a players' coach. I think he needs to be a little bit more disciplined . . . 

"The big thing with Belichick is, he's very regimented. He's disciplined. Everyone is going to be on the same page. It's not going to be anything as far as someone doing their own thing. Over there, their whole coaching staff is like that. You're going to know what you're doing. There's meeting after meeting; I ain't never been to so many meetings in my life . . . Man, I seen Tom Brady running to a meeting, scared to be late . . . I don't even know what happens if you're late to a meeting over there. 

'Cause everybody gets there on time?

"Yes. Yes."

The bottom line, in Harrison's mind, is this:

"Belichick is old school. Like, 'You're going to do it like this or it ain't gonna get done.' Like I said, playing for him is easy if you're used to [regimentation], if you're used to disicipline; (if you're used to it) it's not something that's hard to do. If you're not, then you're going to have some issues until you get in line."

And personally?

"Belichick's actually funny. He's nothing like the guy that you see on TV."

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