Is James Harrison Truly a Good Fit with the Cincinnati Bengals?

April 20, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals finally reached agreement with veteran free-agent linebacker James Harrison on a two-year deal. The sides had been negotiating in earnest for at least a week, but the approaching NFL draft sped up the process and they were finally able to get the deal done.
Harrison's signing brings with it two very immediate benefits to the Bengals' linebacking corps: depth and experience. As the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy pointed out, prior to the Harrison signing, the Bengals linebackers' average years of experience was just 2.6, and five of their nine linebackers had two or fewer years in the NFL. 
Harrison is 34—he'll turn 35 in early May—and he's been in the league for 11 seasons now. While the age (combined with the payday) is what got Harrison released from the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he's been for the entirety of his active career, in Cincinnati, it's looked at as an asset.
On the field, however, it may become an issue. ...

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