The New England Patriots recently signed former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end James Harrison on Tuesday to add some strength in advance of playoff time being right around the corner.
The Steelers released Harrison to clear roster space for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert to provide more protection for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
James Harrison is a decorated Steeler to say the least; an iconic Pittsburgh figure, Steelers’ all time sack leader, five-time Pro Bowl selection, as well as two Super Bowl rings in his tenure with the team.
Regardless of his lack of playing time this season, Harrison for sure still has what it takes to help New England secure yet another Super Bowl under its belt.
He led the defense in sacks in 2016, and overall ended his career in Pittsburgh with 570 tackles and 82 sacks.
Many knew Harrison would eventually be on his way out the door after Pittsburgh drafted linebacker T.J. Watt in the 2017 draft. Steelers linebacker coach Joey Porter spoke with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and mentioned that Harrison would serve as the defensive “safety net” and “relief pitcher.”
Even better for New England is the Super Bowl experience Harrison brings to the table. He headlined the stat sheet for Super Bowl XLII with a 100 yard interception return.
What NFL fans around the country will be most intrigued with in regards to the addition of Harrison is the impact he can make on the Patriots’ defense.
Furthermore, the damage he could possibly do to his former team, assuming these two powerhouse AFC foes meet in the conference championship.
New England is known for signing big name players spontaneously throughout the season. It’s who they are it’s what they do.
Now, let’s just see the noise James Harrison will make in the New England weight room, and on the field at Gillette Stadium.