December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) looks on from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Will bad boy James Harrison be playing football this season? Harrison’s name has bounced around the NFL ever since he parted ways with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his naughty boy reputation has been the hindrance to his career continuing, not his reputation for getting the job done at his position.
For a while the New Orleans Saints were mentioned as a possible landing spot for the aging outside linebacker, but the question was whether or not James would become a new set of crosshairs on Sean Payton’s back. In fact if a jury were impaneled they would be hard pressed to decide if Goodell would rather bust Payton or Harrison, but the answer is most likely both.
The Baltimore Ravens don’t really have that kind of baggage in their closet. The need is about equal with both teams for a veteran pass rusher who can come out of the gate at a gallop, and between the two teams the Ravens most likely have more money to spend after all the well heralded purges their roster has suffered already.
James Harrison was said to be heading to Baltimore on Sunday night for a look-see with the the Ravens, but that was before it was reported that the purple birds agreed to a deal with Dumervil. We’ll know more Tuesday morning, but a ticket to ride on the Harrison train may have just gotten a lot cheaper.