James Harrison Reportedly Visiting With Patriots

Former Steelers LB James Harrison signs with Patriots

James Harrison uses an Instagram post with a picture of Tom Brady to announce he is joining the New England Patriots.

When James Harrison was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday to make room for suspended right tackle Marcus Gilbert, fans in the Steel City were up in arms. To make room for Harrison, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly. Harrison finished his Steelers stint as the franchise's all-time leader in sacks with 80.5, eighth among active players.

At 39 years old, the five-time Pro Bowler was limited to a total of five appearances over the Steelers' first 14 games. He has played in just five games and logged three tackles this season, however, as rookie T.J. Watt took over a starting role.

The Patriots can clinch home-field advantage with a win over the New York Jets or a Steelers loss to Cleveland in Week 17.

The Steelers and Patriots could potentially meet in the AFC Championship Game, which would set up a matchup between Harrison and his former team.

Harrison briefly retired after spending the 2013 season with the rival Cincinnati Bengals but returned to the Steelers in September 2014. Despite that, there was speculation that Harrison would end up back in Pittsburgh after he cleared waivers on Monday. Harrison, with 570 total tackles to his credit, has a grand total of 82.5 sacks over his career, which is now eighth on the list among active players.

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