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02-25-2009, 07:26 PM

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Issue is over money, not length
By James Walker

When you pit the reigning Super Bowl champions against the league's defensive MVP in contract negotiations, there are bound to be rough patches.

For the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison, this is one of those times, as the sides remain far apart in negotiations, Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, told ESPN.com Wednesday.

"We're talking and meeting pretty regularly, almost daily, but we're having a difficult time getting to where we need to be," Parise said. "I would say talks are progressing but not necessarily yielding the results that we would expect."

Barring something unforeseen, the Steelers are not expected to have a deal in place with Harrison before the start of free agency on Friday.

Length is not the primary issue. Both sides have discussed a deal in the range of five to six years. But the two sides are far apart monetarily and how it would be distributed over the length of the contract. The uncertainty with the collective bargaining agreement, with talks possibly starting this spring, also is something both sides have to work through.

Harrison, 30, is not due to become a free agent until 2010.

"I think the Steelers are trying to get a deal done, too," Parise said. "It's just right now we're not close."

Harrison, a two-time Pro Bowler, registered 101 tackles, 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles for Pittsburgh last season. He also had the longest interception return in Super Bowl history of 100 yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.

02-25-2009, 07:30 PM
The agent probably can't help wanting like 12 million a year for 5 years seeing those crazy frickin Raiders. He was the DMVP so I guess he should get good money.

02-25-2009, 07:52 PM
Offer him a generous, decent and fair contract. He deserves that much. If he doesn't take it, move along. There are a lot of football players out there... http://draftguys.com/index.php/articles/dgtv_1/frantz_joseph_-_lb_-_florida_atlantic/ .

There is only one Pittsburgh Steelers.

02-25-2009, 07:57 PM
i just hope it gets done! he is a beast! but if he sees haynesworth break the bank and i for one think he is much better than haynewsworth why wouldnt he want to get to 10+ mill a year i am sure skins or someone will pay it. We gotta remember most these guys got at least 1 some have 2 and now it is all about money(which is sad, but that is the buisness side of the game).

02-25-2009, 08:01 PM
i wonder how much the steelers are offering him and what not.. i bet since he is alrdy 30 and getting a 4-5 yr deal the steelers are prob setting too much on the back yrs where harrison may not get that money

02-25-2009, 08:19 PM
I hope he gets everything that would come to him. He's a great football player. But not to the detriment of our team. If it works out to benefit both sides, great. If not, thanks for the memories.

IMHO, we are at the end of an era. Several franchises are building billion dollar stadiums. Several owners will throw anything at players to sign. The CBA is near its end. That's the wankees and the bosox against "the rest of the league". And it ends up being the Phillies against the Rays.

There'll be some turbulence but it'll shake out.

The Rooneys make business decisions. Long term that plays out over the Jones' and Snyders of the world.