Steelers cut Browns nemesis James Harrison

James Harrison has left a trail of broken bodies in Cleveland and I’m not just talking about guys on the roster. Sure, Mohamed Massaquoi, Josh Cribbs and Colt McCoy took their bumps (videos,) but remember that James Harrison also suplexed an unruly Browns fan who ran on the field during a game.

Well now, James Harrison is no longer a member of the Steelers.

As Harrison is set to turn 35 years old in May, he apparently wouldn’t agree to cut his salary back from the approximate $6.5 million he was set to make in 2013. His knees were also giving him problems over the last few years.

There are enough teams converting to the 3-4 and enough teams that might not mind taking a chance on an older Harrison assuming they don’t need him to play full time anymore. It will be interesting to see just how much money Harrison gets and from which team.

For whatever reason, I really don’t expect the Browns to be that team.

[Related: WFNY Podcast – 2013-02-15 – @SteelersDepot talking Browns and the rest of the AFC North]

  • Felix Krull

    I don’t wish injury on anyone, and the long-term, chronic, debilitating conditions sustained from high-level football play when guys are bigger, faster and stronger than ever before represents what should be a serious ethical dilemma for any fan. That being said, there will be more than a few people in N.E. Ohio who won’t shed a tear and some will no doubt celebrate when this guy inevitably turns into a vegetable.

  • The_Real_Shamrock


  • Vindictive_Pat

    I severely hope that the new regime is not interested in signing Harrison… it would adversely affect my ability to enjoy watching the Browns. (And yes, I know, I should have put “lose” at the end of that sentence. My fault.)

  • Kildawg

    He’s going to be 35. Banner usually cuts bait with guys around and over 30. Safe to say that the Browns aren’t signing Headhunter Harrison.

  • Jaker

    Wow. Some things are better off not said, guy.

    What’s that phrase? If you don’t have anything nice to say…

  • MrCleaveland

    The Ravens need a replacement criminal at LB, so maybe we haven’t seen the last of Harrison on a regular basis.

  • mgbode

    i cannot wait to hear how this is all Goodell’s fault

  • Felix Krull

    Yes, very seriously. I take your issue isn’t with the fact that I don’t wish injury on anyone, or the ethical problems raised by high-level football and injuries. It’s also a fact that there are people who do, as any casual perusal of the various James Harrison threads on the OBR will reveal.

    Harrison has himself admitted that he’s suffered “double-digit concussions,” so is your problem with my pointing out the causal connection between head injuries and their inevitable long term effects or that the language with which I chose to do it was not as felicitous as you might prefer? If it’s the latter, and I think it is, really, tell it to Queen Victoria.

    The bottom line is that there is nothing nice that can be said about James Harrison, a man whose relish for inflicting the long-term brain trauma that I decried above (something you chose to ignore entirely) makes him a monster.