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fordfixer
04-13-2009, 11:14 AM
Steeler report: Did James Harrison sign long term deal over weekend?
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http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2703 ... er-weekend (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2009m4d13-Steeler-report-Did-James-Harrison-sign-long-term-deal-over-weekend)



PITTSBURGH - Although a call James Harrison's agent Bill Parise was not answered late Sunday, an NFL source has told the Examiner that Harrison and the Steelers have come to terms on a long term contract extension over the weekend.

The source has told the Examiner that more details would be forthcoming as early as late this afternoon or sometime Tuesday morning.

Pittsburgh has said all along that getting something done was a priority. Parise also has said that Harrison likes the type of style the Steelers play and the organization as a whole.

"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."

On Thursday, KDKA's Bob Pompeani reported that a deal could happen as early as Monday, and it appears he was right. This is what is said Pompeani had to say.


Harrison's agent Bill Parise tells KDKA-TV Sports a deal could be completed as soon as the beginning of next week.

There's still no word on the exact length of a potential new contract for Harrison, but the total dollar value is believed to be around $45 million.

A portion of that total would be guaranteed money.


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, or an even better idea of what the going rate today for a good linebacker is this. Former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott got a six-year, $48 million contract that includes $22 million in guaranteed money from the Jets.

NC Steeler Fan
04-13-2009, 11:32 AM
6 year $51 million deal.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 20426.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_620426.html)

fordfixer
04-13-2009, 11:36 AM
6 year $51 million deal.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 20426.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_620426.html)
WOW!!!! :tt1

Iron Shiek
04-13-2009, 11:48 AM
I gotta admit the number of years struck me off guard at first. I'm happy we've got him it was just longer than I expected. I'd hope that him being a late bloomer may keep his engine going later into the contract. But then again, these players never play to the end of their deals anyway.

So, any of you salary cap people, what is our outlook now for next year or two (i.e. signing rookies, Heath, linemen, etc)? Are we healthy still with this deal?

True Fan
04-13-2009, 11:52 AM
6 year $51 million deal.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 20426.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_620426.html)

man, i hope that's backloaded!