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Old 02-12-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Steelers looking to keep Harrison
By James Walker
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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3901795
As James Harrison continues to celebrate his success in Super Bowl XLIII, the Pittsburgh Steelers are working hard behind the scenes to secure their two-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

The Steelers are actively negotiating a pay raise and contract extension, according to Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, with the sides having discussions as often as twice a day.

"It's been a very open process, and it's going about the way you would expect," Parise said. "So I think everything is moving along."

Harrison was arguably the league's biggest bargain in 2008 with an annual salary of $1.2 million. He registered 101 tackles, 16 sacks, seven forced fumbles and was named the NFL's defensive player of the year.

Harrison's memorable 100-yard interception return also helped lead Pittsburgh to its sixth Super Bowl title with a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Steelers have a number of other key veterans who are due to become free agents in 2010. The list of players with one year remaining on their contracts includes receiver Hines Ward, tight end Heath Miller, safety Ryan Clark and nose tackle Casey Hampton.

But it's apparent they are making Harrison, 30, the team's first and biggest priority. Parise said he's confident both sides will reach an agreement this offseason.

"Certainly the Steelers didn't win six Super Bowls by not knowing what they're doing," Parise said. "I'm sure they understand exactly what they have and where they're going with James' situation."

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Pay the man. He's worth every penny.

The salary cap is at $124 million this coming season.
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he has earned a pay raise. at least the steelers are trying to negotiate a new contract with him.
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prob be a 3-4 yr deal they are trying to make
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He's certainly proven his worth to this team! Sign the man!
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:42 PM   #6
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They should keep him since he is a "young" 30 year old player. After all he was cut four times so for those season his body did not take the abuse that it would have had he been playing.
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This one's a no-brainer and I'm sure the Steelers and Silverback will reach an agreement in short order. The guy has earned the big payday - give it to him already!
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I agree we need to give him a payday... but we DO need to be careful to not undercut ourselves with some of the other contracts coming up.

I still think we gotta go out and get ourselves a lineman in FA.
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Next year we have to re-sign Hines, Heath, Clark, and Silverback. Best to get at least one of them locked up now, and that one should be Harrison.
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Next year we have to re-sign Hines, Heath, Clark, and Silverback. Best to get at least one of them locked up now, and that one should be Harrison.
I forgot about the other guys that need to be signed. I know the Front Office will do the right thing! These are some of, if not, the most valuable players on our team!
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