Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
CINCINNATI — Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with the AFC North-rival Cincinnati Bengals.
Agent Bill Parise said Harrison has passed a physical and all details of a contract had been worked out Friday evening. Bengals officials didn’t confirm the deal because it hadn’t been signed.
Parise said Harrison, 34, was working out in Arizona and would be in Ohio the second week of May to start working out with his new team.
Harrison tweeted: “Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!”
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It won’t be long before he gets his first chance to show Pittsburgh what it is missing.
The Bengals play their first home game this season on Sept. 16 against the Steelers, the team they knocked out of playoff competition last season.
The league’s 2008 Defensive Player of the Year was a casualty of Pittsburgh’s move to get under the salary cap. The Steelers and Parise negotiated but couldn’t reach a deal on a reworked contract. Harrison was entering the final two years of a $51 million extension signed in 2009.
He missed the first three games last season with a knee injury, but finished with six sacks — tied for the team lead — as the Steelers finished No. 1 in defense for the fourth time since Harrison became a starter in their 3-4 alignment. He moves to a defense that finished sixth last season and lines up in a 4-3.
Harrison’s knack for big plays and his violent hits became a hallmark of Pittsburgh’s defense. He complained he was being unfairly targeted for fines by Roger Goodell, and apologized for calling the commissioner a “crook” and a “devil” during an interview with Men’s Journal in 2011.
The Steelers plan to replace Harrison with 25-year-old Jason Worilds, who had five sacks in limited playing time last season.
Saints re-sign Ivory
METAIRIE, La. — Running back Chris Ivory, a restricted free agent who is a former Washington State player, has signed his tender offer with the New Orleans Saints.
The one-year tender for Ivory, 25, is worth $2.023 million.
The 6-foot, 222-pound Ivory joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin (Ohio) in 2010 and has run the ball 256 times for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Last season, Ivory played in six games, carrying 40 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring run.
According to multiple media reports, the New York Jets might be interested in trading for Ivory.
intends to stay
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family’s business — and the team — amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company.
Haslam said he has no plans to step aside as president of Pilot Flying J despite federal authorities alleging he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck-stop chain. According to court documents, sales-team members said Haslam was aware employees withheld diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company’s profits and sales commissions.
Haslam, speaking at Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., wanted to make it clear he wasn’t stepping down during the probe.
“I thought to myself, ‘Well, why would I do that?’ Candidly, I haven’t done anything wrong, number one,” Haslam said. “Number two, if there’s ever a time the company needs our leadership, it’s right now.”
During an appearance at the University of Tennessee, Haslam told The Associated Press his role with the Browns would remain the same.
“No change. I look forward to the draft next week,” he said.
Haslam bought the Cleveland franchise last year from Randy Lerner for slightly more than $1 billion.
• The Dallas Cowboys re-signed safety Danny McCray, 25, after the best season of his career.
McCray, a restricted free agent, was second on the team with a career-high 87 tackles as the Cowboys battled multiple injuries in the middle of their secondary last season.
• Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez suggested the media frenzy that accompanied backup Tim Tebow‘s presence in training camp last summer — including ESPN camping out for a week — was partly fueled by the team itself.
“I just don’t know if it was the best situation for either of us,” Sanchez told the “Petros & Money Show” on FOX Sports Radio in Los Angeles.
Sanchez added, “ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp. They had to get permission to go.”