Saturday, March 9, 2013
Steelers release James Harrison
By Jamison Hensley
James Harrison's run with the Steelers is over.
The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker announced the news Saturday when he tweeted out his goodbye: "It's been a great run but all good things must come to a end. Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!"
Releasing Harrison creates $5.1 million in cap room for the Steelers. This doesn't come as a surprise because the sides had been seeking "common ground" since the NFL combine. The Steelers needed to reduce his $10.03 million cap hit for this season, and Harrison didn't want to take a pay cut from his $6.57 million salary.
"We have informed James Harrison that we have released him," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "James has been an integral part of our success during his years in Pittsburgh and has helped us win two Lombardi trophies during that time. We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him the best.”
During his 10-year career with the Steelers, he was a five-time Pro Bowl player, four-time All-Pro, two-time Super Bowl champion and the 2008 NFL defensive player of the year.
"James has played a major role in the success of this organization during his time in Pittsburgh," coach Mike Tomlin said. "I appreciate everything he has done in my six years as head coach and wish him nothing but the best in the future."
Harrison's agent, Bill Parise told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "It breaks our heart."