Steelers release James Harrison

The Pittsburgh Steelers just released their all-time sack leader. James Harrison was informed by the team today that his services were no longer needed. The move was unexpected but not completely surprising.

Harrison has not played much this season because of the progression of the younger pass rushers on the roster. Harrison’s agent had said that Harrison was not happy with the lesser role he had taken on defense and wants to continue playing.

The move was done to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert who is now returning from suspension. The veteran linebacker is now 39 years old and has 80.5 sacks in a Pittsburgh uniform. Outside linebackers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt say an uptick in playing time because of their ability to play pass coverage.

Harrison’s presence could’ve been used as the Steelers gear up for a playoff run. He’s someone who has been there before and could’ve been a valuable asset in the locker room.

It remains to be seen what team, if any is in need of his skill set and experience.