Veteran linebacker James Harrison, released last week by the Pittsburgh Steelers, visited the New England Patriots on Tuesday, according to media reports. Harrison is in his 15th season and is a two-time All-Pro.
Harrison initially passed through waivers without a single National Football League team claiming him, but that doesn't necessarily indicate actual interest levels. Having not seen a lot of playing time this season for the Steelers, Harrison became expendable and his time in Pittsburgh has come to an end.
Harrison has played 40 snaps through 14 games this season, compared to 587 past year.
The Patriots must make a corresponding roster move to make room for Harrison.
In 2017, Harrison appeared in just 5 games for Pittsburgh, with 1 sack and 3 tackles. The Patriots and the Steelers now share the AFC spotlight with 12-3 records, made possible by New England's controversial, last-second win at Heinz Field on December 17.
The Patriots shouldn't expect much from Harrison at this stage in his career. 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. And if that happens, the Steelers will have no one to blame but themselves. He knows which guys are hurting and which guys have tells that the Patriots can use to their advantage.
What a unusual season this has been for Harrison.