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mesaSteeler
05-06-2009, 07:36 PM
James Harrison contract details
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcnorth
May 6, 2009 11:00 AM

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

A couple weeks ago, we explained that some league insiders were scratching their heads about how the salary-cap strapped Pittsburgh Steelers worked out a massive six-year, $51.175 million contract with Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison this offseason.

Finally, the AFC North blog has the details.

Here are the key points:

* Harrison received a $10-million signing bonus up front and a $2.555-million roster bonus for this year.

* Harrison's base salary in 2009 is $800,000.

* In 2010, which could be an uncapped year, the contract gets tricky as Harrison's base salary drops to $755,000. But he also has a reporting bonus of $2.8 million.

* In 2011, Harrison's salary jumps to $3.66 million and includes $900,000 roster bonus.

* In years four, five and six Harrison's salary balloons to $5.315 million, $6.32 million and $7.325 million, respectively.

Our analysis of Harrison's contract is he will be a Pittsburgh Steeler for at least the next three years. Once year four comes around, Harrison will be a 35-year-old linebacker, and the team will have to gauge his level of play at that point versus the increasingly high salary.

Pittsburgh Steelers, AFC North, James Harrison, NFL

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PisnNapalm
05-06-2009, 07:51 PM
Works for me.

Psyychoward86
05-06-2009, 09:13 PM
Still dont get it exactly. Anyone care to elaborate for me?

tony hipchest
05-06-2009, 09:38 PM
i dont know. the number listed in the post add up to less than $42 mil. (thats including the $10 mil signing bonus).

steelreserve
05-07-2009, 03:02 AM
Hah, cool. So basically, he's playing for about $4 million a year unless we have our heads up our asses.

Steelers & I
05-07-2009, 04:52 AM
Man, ouch, that contract looks like one of those balloon home mortgages. They're nice and cozy for the first 3 or 4 years, afterwards one must refinance.

Oh well, whatever it takes to keep our star players while staying under the cap.

Galax Steeler
05-07-2009, 04:56 AM
i dont know. the number listed in the post add up to less than $42 mil. (thats including the $10 mil signing bonus).

That is after taxes.:chuckle:

JackHammer
05-07-2009, 06:23 AM
Still dont get it exactly. Anyone care to elaborate for me?

The contract is back loaded into the last three years. So after the first three(maybe 4) seasons of the extension, we'll hear about him getting released or restructuring his contract to something more cap friendly. One or the other.

bigjamesharrison2
05-07-2009, 04:35 PM
That is after taxes.:chuckle:

:sofunny:

steelreserve
05-07-2009, 04:57 PM
The contract is back loaded into the last three years. So after the first three(maybe 4) seasons of the extension, we'll hear about him getting released or restructuring his contract to something more cap friendly. One or the other.

Yeah, but at least it gives us the option to keep him year-to-year if we want. I mean, $5 million and $7 million salaries are a lot, but that'll hardly be top-end money four years from now. If he's even still playing then. We'll see what happens, I guess.

pittsurghsteelers4life
02-06-2011, 05:56 AM
James is going to be play for a while because he started late in the game...shit me might be as good @ 40yrs old because of that....& they Better pay him top Dollars too.

pete74
02-06-2011, 06:25 AM
he has said he will retire when this contract ends. he said this will be his last contract

fer522
02-06-2011, 11:09 AM
:wave:i know he's earning every penny