Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

James Harrison reportedly visits Patriots as he weighs free agency options

James Harrison reportedly visits Patriots as he weighs free agency options

Of course, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are no strangers to signing veterans late in the season, and James Harrison is just the latest.

Harrison could also help out the Patriots at linebacker. The Patriots always seem to find these types of players.

Harrison has 788 career tackles, 82.5 sacks, eight interceptions and 33 forced fumbles in 15 National Football League seasons. Injuries though have made pass rushers and defensive linemen a huge need for the New England Patriots. He had been a member of the Steelers organization for 14 years, since 2002. If they do meet in the AFC title game, Harrison's chance to get revenge against his former team will be one of many awesome storylines.

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Harrison was barely used by the Pittsburgh Steelers this year.

Harrison is now the oldest defensive player in the National Football League this year, and if the Pats sign him, they would have the oldest players on both sides of the ball with superstar quarterback Tom Brady on offense. He played 40 defensive snaps in five games.

The Steelers and Patriots each secured a bye through to the divisional round, though New England can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Jets in its regular season finale Sunday. Harrison could come in immediately and not be asked to do too much aside from providing more help for the Patriots as they make another push toward a Super Bowl appearance.

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