James Harrison open to return to Steelers

Nick Laham

You know who really lost out when Elvis Dumervil's signed contract didn't make it to Denver via fax? James Harrison.

Elvis Dumervil signed with the Baltimore Ravens, a few weeks after his agent failed to fax a signed copy of the restructured contract his client agreed to sign.

Dumervil fired his agent over the whole fiasco, and eventually ended up in Baltimore, where he'll make $500,000 more than he would have made had his agent succeeded in the seemingly simple act of sending a fax.

Enter James Harrison. Actually, exit James Harrison.

Exit him from Pittsburgh, where he declined the Steelers' offer to reduce his base salary for the 2013 season by 30 percent with an opportunity to make it back in incentives.

Exit him from Baltimore, where Harrison was supposed to visit Sunday, before the team signed Dumervil.

Now, Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, says his client would welcome a chance to come back to Pittsburgh.

But that 30 percent offer is long gone. You don't need to be an agent - or know how to operate a fax machine - to see Harrison could potentially be subjected to playing for far less money than he could have.

Now, the Ravens are clearly exploiting the faxing fiasco, and in many ways, got the Broncos off the hook of paying a one-dimensional player who's probably benefiting more from the presence of Von Miller over the last season and a half than much else. Perhaps Miller and Terrell Suggs can boost each other, perhaps not, but the guy not getting a boost anywhere is Harrison.

And for what? Apparently, sending a fax is higher on his list of skills than Dumervil's former agent. Doom will get a half a million less than what he would have gotten had his fax been received.

Harrison is looking at far less than 30 percent if he even plays this season.

Is Harrison considering firing his agent? It seems almost inevitable now, if for no reason than a statistically comparable although much younger (but less balanced) player had a technical snafu cost him five hundred grand and forced him to move. Harrison had to be at least somewhat guided by his agent to reject the Steelers offer, and he's finding now he'll be taking more than that $500,000 loss on the 2013 season.


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