New England Patriots outside linebacker James Harrison wanted no part of riding the bench.
He said in early December that he would not have re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the offseason if he knew that they weren’t going to play him much in 2017. The Steelers released him last week, but it wasn’t their idea.
Harrison couldn’t take it anymore after he was inactive for the Steelers’ Week 15 matchup against the Patriots. After that game, he asked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for his release. Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac that Tomlin responded: “I’d have to be absolutely crazy to release you if something happened with injuries.”
The Steelers released Harrison last Friday and the Patriots signed him on Tuesday.
Harrison being released two weeks before the start of the playoffs came as a surprise. However, it is starting to sound like he was not a joy to be around in the locker room this season.
While Harrison may not have gone about trying to get released in the right way, there was nothing wrong with wanting to leave the Steelers. Harrison did not want to spend the rest of the season on the inactive list.
Also, the Steelers weren’t wrong for wanting to keep him on their roster, albeit in a limited role.