Steelers release 5-time Pro Bowler James Harrison

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The Steelers have just announced they have released James Harrison. Harrison, now 39 but still in tremendous shape, had only played in five games this season. He made one sack and three tackles.

No one in the National Football League is immune from single-minded front-offices looking to clear cap space or roster spots, but you might have thought James Harrison was pretty close. He's one of the most accomplished and adored Steelers players of this century. Harrison briefly retired in September 2014 following a forgettable 2013 season in Cincinnati but returned when the Steelers ran into injury trouble. Warner and Larry Fitzgerald would fight their way back before Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes in the right corner of the end zone in the final minute to help secure the second Lombardi trophy under coach Mike Tomlin.




Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, said the parting is amicable, but Harrison was frustrated with a lesser role in the defense and wants to continue playing.

He collected at least five sacks every season between 2014 and 2016 and signed a two-year deal last spring that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through his 40th birthday.

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