Future Hall of Fame outside linebacker James Harrison has officially signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots just three days after he was surprisingly released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Source: the Patriots are expected to sign former Steelers LB James Harrison.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 26, 2017
Former Steelers’ LB James Harrison is signing with the New England Patriots, per @FieldYates.
Could lead to potential matchup of Harrison vs. Steelers in postseason.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2017
One-year deal for James Harrison and the Patriots. And by that, I mean a one-month deal. Maybe more. We’ll see. Check back in early February in Minneapolis.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 26, 2017
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 26, 2017
The 39-year-old Harrison visited the Patriots on Tuesday and signed a contract before he left the team facility.
Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent, said his client had received interest from other teams, but the allure of playing for the Patriots and competing for a Super Bowl title won out.
If nothing else, Harrison will provide the Patriots with valuable intel on the Steelers — their toughest competition — leading up to the AFC playoffs. If he can get up to speed on New England’s defensive scheme in the next two weeks, the four-time All-Pro will add some much needed depth and pass-rush ability to the Patriots’ defensive front seven.
To create a roster spot for Harrison, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly.