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Pro Bowl linebacker a good fit for New Orleans Saints?


According to his agent, five-time Pro Bowler James Harrison would “love to be in New Orleans”.

December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers after refusing to agree to a restructured contract. Since then his agent has him flirting with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints.

Harrison is coming off his worst year in the NFL only recording six sacks last year. He is on the wrong side of 30 and missed three games because of a knee injury last year.

There also may not be room for him financially and personnel-wise. The Saints recently re-signed Junior Galette to a three-year deal and plans to move him to outside linebacker most likely along with Martez Wilson.

The New Orleans Saints are still not under $123 million cap, so free agent deals really are not possible until they figure out how to create some cap space.

Harrison is still a strong linebacker with decent pass-rushing skills and could serve as a backup/relief linebacker if the Saints truly had a need for him. He has played in the 3-4 defense his entire career so he does make for a possible good fit.

There are currently no scheduled talks between the linebacker and New Orleans. The best move for Harrison and his agent would be to keep fishing.