James Harrison is bringing a healed body and his old No. 92 with him down the Ohio River. Next goal: Get a Bengals ring to go with all that...
CINCINNATI — James Harrison is bringing a healed body and his old No. 92 with him down the Ohio River. Next goal: Get a Bengals ring to go with all that Steelers bling.
The former Pittsburgh linebacker signed a two-year contract Tuesday, completing the deal he agreed to four days earlier. He’s already got his uniform No. 92 reserved — defensive end Jamaal Anderson agreed to give it up — and his plans set. He’ll continue to live in football-crazed Pittsburgh while trying to get the rival Bengals deep into the playoffs.
“I wouldn’t say it feels strange,” Harrison said on a conference call from Arizona. “I guess when that time comes, I’ll have a better understanding or feeling of exactly what it will be then. I’m just happy to be able to continue playing.”
The 34-year-old linebacker said he left the Steelers with no hard feelings. He realized once negotiations started that the sides weren’t going to reach a deal that satisfied Pittsburgh’s plans to get under the salary cap.
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“I don’t have a chip on my shoulder against the Steelers,” Harrison said. “I don’t hate the Steelers.”
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