New England Patriots outside linebacker James Harrison was itching to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Harrison was inactive for nine games this season, and was not shy about expressing his displeasure with that, even saying that he would not have re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers if he had known that he wouldn’t be playing. The Steelers released Harrison on Dec. 23, and he has since admitted that he asked multiple times to be released.
The Patriots signed him on Wednesday, and it appears that there wasn’t much interest for Harrison’s services. He admitted that the Patriots were the only team that made him an offer, via the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe.
It makes sense that teams weren’t clamoring to sign Harrison one week before the start of the playoffs. He’s 39-years-old and could only be used in pass-rushing situations.
However, that is what made him perfect for the Patriots. They are Super Bowl contenders who needed a pass rusher, and who better to fill that role than a player from the team they have been competing with for the best record in the AFC all season long.
If these two teams should meet for a second time in the AFC Championship Game, Harrison on the Patriots will make it one of the biggest NFL playoff games in years.