Patriots sign free agent LB James Harrison

Joy Montgomery
December 27, 2017

According to ESPN's Field Yates, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is set to sign the New England Patriots for the postseason. The report also noted that while nothing had previously been arranged, Pittsburgh believed Harrison would be scooped up by New England, Tennessee or Baltimore.

The Pats are perilously thin at outside linebacker and defensive end.

Harrison, now in his 15th National Football League season, played almost every year season of his National Football League career with the Steelers, with the lone exception being the 2013 season which he spent with the division rival Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots always seem to find these types of players. So, maybe he'll be fresh and bolster the Patriots' pass rush come January. Harrison has recorded 788 tackles, 82.5 sacks and eight interceptions in his 14-year career.

Harrison is the Steelers' all-time leader in sacks with 80.5.

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The Patriots know Harrison from having played many games against him over the years, but Belichick, Patricia and Co., haven't had much personal background with him. Still, the Patriots will benefit from his addition with a need for big bodies up front. He has played only 40 snaps this season after playing 587 last season.

New England, having beaten Pittsburgh in Week 15, now holds the No.1 seed in the AFC.

Harrison signing with the Patriots isn't just a fit from a narrative standpoint, though that alone is enough to get me excited about the possibility.

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