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    If you believe in rumors....

    .....Harrison and Starks are done as Steelers. I want changes, but those seem like two of the worst losses we could have, all things considered. If they are willing to dump Harrison, then Polamalu should go as well. It's not like the D was hurting after they learned to play without him - it was still #1 without him playing. And they did it for most of the season.

    I would hate to see how bad the O line plays sans Starks. They would be just awful. Ben would get knocked out for the season.

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    Harrison will be 35 years old and is on the injury downside of his career. Not so sure that is going to be in the "worse loss" category. Polamalu will be 32 next year. It would be foolish to let him go.

    I agree on Starks. He has developed into a descent LT.
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    Harrison really turned it on down the stretch, getting back to being a nearly sack-a-game player. He's got a VERY large cap number, but I think he still has at least another year left in him if it is financially sound to keep him around.

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    The Steelers defense struggled early in the year. Not coincidentally, James Harrison did not play the first four games this year.

    Harrison is on the downside of his career but still played well. His cap number is an issue, and hopefully he takes a pay cut, but it will be a big loss if he does not return.

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    Harrison plays the run well. He does not cover well. Nor is he as feared as a pass rusher. The Steelers can't pay a guy that much to stuff the run....I am a huge Harrison fan. If he can regain his pass-rushing form, I can agree with paying him lots of money. Can he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    Harrison plays the run well. He does not cover well. Nor is he as feared as a pass rusher. The Steelers can't pay a guy that much to stuff the run....I am a huge Harrison fan. If he can regain his pass-rushing form, I can agree with paying him lots of money. Can he?
    I actually think he can AND if he can't he'll retire. IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch98 View Post
    I actually think he can AND if he can't he'll retire. IMO
    In the case of 99% of players, you trust your eyes. My eyes said that Harrison is a shell of himself, what with back and knee surgeries in back-to-back years (and at his age). My eyes also saw a guy who obviously failed to live up to his reputation as a pass-rusher. My eyes also watched him lumber around like a big tank, seeming to arrive a step late (where in other years, he arrived with a BANG). That all being said, he needs to go.

    HOWEVER... if any player has earned a "Chance Card" (i.e. monopoly), it's Harrison. If I were the coaching staff, I'd talk with him. I'd get a sense of where he thinks he's at. Normally, I would never listen to the player because they'll obviously think they have "one more year" in them. In Harrison's case, I think he's earned it. If he seemed hungry and out to prove himself, I'd keep him. Otherwise, I'd let him walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydroid View Post
    .....Harrison and Starks are done as Steelers. I want changes, but those seem like two of the worst losses we could have, all things considered. If they are willing to dump Harrison, then Polamalu should go as well. It's not like the D was hurting after they learned to play without him - it was still #1 without him playing. And they did it for most of the season.

    I would hate to see how bad the O line plays sans Starks. They would be just awful. Ben would get knocked out for the season.
    Could not agree more on both guys LD.
    I almost feel like the layoff did JH some good and he was getting better as the season progressed. Hee would have had a scary good playoff.

    And why Max gets no love I will never understand.
    I dont want either on the youngsters starting on the left side.

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    If Max Leaves, the Steelers better stock up on QB's or Health Miller might end up playing QB in a pinch.

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    Luckily I don't believe in rumors.

    Seriously though, I can see the Steelers cutting ties with Harrison. His age, slight decline in play and salary might force the Steelers hand...I'd hate to see it though.

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