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Old 04-09-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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Steeler report: ProFootballTalk.com's Florio says team should trade James Harrison
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http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pitts...James-Harrison

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PITTSBURGH - When it comes to coverage of the NFL, without a doubt, Mike Florio is the guru.

The West Virginia native best known for his work onProFootballTalk.Com is a source beat writers from around the league use as a reference. If there's something happening, or about to be pulled, it’s in his site.

It's a reason I find his latest column in the Sporting News, ‘Off Season Trades that should be made’ very intriguing.AP FILE PHOTO/James Harrison

His No.1 trade to be made? Steeler linebacker James Harrison.


The Steelers have made it known that a priority of the team heading into the free-agency period is to get a long-term deal done with linebacker James Harrison, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

But here is what Florio had to say


" I'll wait for a minute while all Steelers fans pull their chins out of their coffee.

OK. Ready?

Harrison is entering the final year of his contract. He's on the wrong side of 30. He plays a position that traditionally has been viewed as fungible in the Steelers' 3-4 defense.

So why not get real value for him now, instead of a fifth-round compensatory pick in 2011 after he leaves as a free agent in March 2010?

The Steelers have shown they're not inclined to use the franchise tag as a precursor for trading a player, or they would have done it last year and gotten as much as a second-round pick for Alan Faneca.

The smarter approach, then, might be to move Harrison to a new team now, let someone else overpay him as he enters the back end of his prime, and reload at outside linebacker."


Florio does make some very good points.

Yet while some of them make sense, don't expect it to happen. Steeler director of football operations Kevin Colbert told reporters at owners meetings that he felt a deal would get done with Harrison.

"It's everybody's goal here, them and us, to secure James Harrison long-term," Colbert said recently. “So long as we don't lose sight of that fact we'll get a deal done that's satisfactory to both sides."

And Harrison's agent Bill Parise told the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal this, when asked about Harrison.

"James has won two rings there, and we believe there is a chance to get who knows, maybe one or two more," Parise said. "I also think you have to look at the Steelers as a whole. They are one of the classiest organizations in the NFL, and then you also have to look at their style of play. James is a very physical football player and the Steelers are a very physical team."

In 2008, Harrison made a reported base salary of $1.2 million — the third year of a four-year deal signed in April 2006 when he was a backup, and it is a steal by NFL standards.

The total worth of the contract was $5.5 million before incentives, including a $1.375 million signing bonus. Harrison is set to earn $1.4 million in the 2009 season, his final year under contract.

To put that in perspective, the average salary of the top five paid linebackers in the league in 2008 was $8.3 million.

But what if a contract can't be inked out? Do the Steelers let him play out his last year of the contract and then slap a franchise tag on him the following? Or do they follow Florio's lead and ship him off while he is still a hot commodity?
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Florio??

I'm not even gonna waste my time
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Um, wow. There would be a revolt in Steeler Nation if you let this guy go. Age aside, he is IN HIS PRIME RIGHT NOW!
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He may be on the other side of 30 but he has only been a starter for 2 years. Plenty of football left in his tank.
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So why not get real value for him now, instead of a fifth-round compensatory pick in 2011 after he leaves as a free agent in March 2010?
Maybe they look at paying $1.2million for the 2008 DPOY and $1.4 million this year as "value". Then if they franchise him next year, the 3 year average will still be a bargain.

But, yeah..........why give a contract to a guy on the wrong side if 30. Looks like Joey Porter, James Farrior, Junior Seau, Mike Vrabel, Derrick Brooks and tons of other LB's were still effective into their mid 30's.

Florio makes Don Banks look like a football guru.
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He's probably got 3 great years left. It would have been 5 had it not been for that 100 yard Pick 6.
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Default Re: ProFootballTalk.com's Florio says team should trade James Harrison

i dont think florio really understands the fair market trade value either. its not like harrison would bring a jay cutler type of blockbuster deal.

if jay cutler were thrown into this years draft he would, hands down, be the #1 pick by the detroit lions. no questions asked. instead they may go with matt stafford who may or may not be a bust.

if harrison were in this draft, they still might go with stafford, or curry, or a lineman (or even wr for that matter).

a player like l. timmons would be an immediate starter on the 49ers or lions, whereas a player like p. willis, or e. simms, might still be playing back-up on the steelers.

point is, harrison is much more valuable to us than any other team.
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