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Steelers release LB Harrison

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released linebacker James Harrison on Saturday. Harrison is the team’s all-time sack leader.

He had become disgruntled with the team after a lack of playing time in recent weeks. He said if he had known that from the get-go, he would not have re-signed with the franchise in the off-season.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison warming up before a game (Getty Images)

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison warming up before a game (Getty Images)

Harrison, if he wants to continue his career, now has time to find a team, even if he signs for the playoffs. He’s only played for the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals in his career.

With the Steelers releasing Harrison, the team opened up a roster spot for tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert was on the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner List.

Harrison has 80.5 sacks with the Steelers. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on April 22, 2002. In his career, he started 107 of 177 career games with the Steelers.

Harrison, 39, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers in the off-season. He was making $1.2 million this season. This season, he has three tackles and a sack in five games.

In his career, he won two Super Bowls in XL and XLIII. He is also a five-time Pro Bowler, who won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

He came out of retirement to return the Steelers in 2013. He played for the Bengals in 2013 outside of his career with the Steelers when he started 10 games and had 15 appearances, where he had 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one pass deflection and an interception.

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