James Harrison rumors: Linebacker visits with New England Patriots

Down to the wire

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers had an absolutely dominating performance against the Houston Texans, reporters in the postgame still felt like they needed to ask head coach Mike Tomlin about the absence of James Harrison.

New England hasn't make a waiver claim on Harrison, who was cut by Pittsburgh on Saturday to make room for tackle Marcus Gilbert's return, though he could be added to the Pats' roster ahead of the playoffs.

Harrison reportedly went unclaimed Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Patriots are in a position to benefit from help at the line-backing level with Kyle Van Noy dealing injury and Dont'a Hightower sidelined for the season.

It would be a low-risk deal for the Patriots, as he would get paid a prorated veteran minimum and he would be seen as an upgrade over Eric Lee and Marquis Flowers.

But his role decreased as the Steelers transitioned to more pass-coverage work for outside linebackers and rookie.

He'll be one of the more historic players to play on the defensive side of the ball in Steelers history when it's all said and done; but on the cusp of 40 years old, his playing time had dwindled significantly with Pittsburgh this season. He was the 2008 defensive player of the year, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a two-time first-team All-Pro and a two-time Super Bowl Champion.



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