James Harrison took some time Saturday to acknowledge Pittsburgh Steelers fans, who were surely shocked by the news that one of their favorite players is no longer on the team.
The Steelers released Harrison, which was a bit of surprise since the playoffs begin in two weeks. Harrison took to Instagram to thank the fans for their support during his 14 years in Pittsburgh.
Harrison is only one year removed from being the Steelers’ top pass rusher, when he led the team in sacks during the regular season and postseason. Harrison is also the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, and won NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
The Steelers signed Harrison to a two-year contract extension during the offseason, and haven’t used him much this season. He has been on the inactive list for most of 2017, and he told NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya that he would’ve signed with a different team if he knew that he wouldn’t be playing much.
Harrison’s agent told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the two sides came to a mutual decision to end his time with the Steelers, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
If any playoff-bound team wants a disruptive pass rusher on short notice, there is one on the waiver wire as of Saturday afternoon.