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BREAKING: Steelers Release Franchise Sack Leader James Harrison

by: Darrelle Lincoln On  Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Just two weeks before the end of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to make a shocking move. On Saturday, the team parted ways with franchise sack leader James Harrison just days ahead of their Christmas Day game against the Houston Texans.

Here’s the team-released statement:

“To make room on the roster, the Steelers released linebacker James Harrison. Harrison, the team’s all-time sack leader with 80.5, originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 22, 2002. He’s started 107-of-177 regular-season games played for Pittsburgh (117-of-192 in his NFL career).”
Harrison is 39-years-old and recently signed a two-year, $3.5-million extension in March, but has only appeared in five games this season. If he doesn’t return, Harrison will forever be remembered for his 100-yard interception-return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII.