According to a tweet by the player himself, the Cincinnati Bengals appear to have released linebacker James Harrison.
Many thanks to all the @Bengals fans for your support over the last year - I had a great time in Cincinnati.— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) March 13, 2014
Harrison was released by the Steelers last year after refusing to take a pay cut. He was signed by the Bengals and played sporadically the past season without much success.
Harrison is about to turn 36 years old, and his best days are certainly behind him. It seems unlikely he will garner much interest on the open market, if any.
For the second time in a year, James Harrison has been released from an NFL team.
Harrison likely won't receive the same level of fanfare in his exit from Cincinnati as he did in Pittsburgh, mostly because he didn't play there as he did for the Steelers.
Harrison's highlight with the Bengals was probably his deliberate but sly attempts to avoid any and all interaction with NFL Films crews during the taping of "Hard Knocks," a series Harrison literally got into a passing car to avoid being a part of this season.
Still, his play on the field didn't make this move too much of a surprise. He isn't the same pass rusher he used to be, and while he still has value as a run-stopper, there are more players making less money who could fill that kind of a role.
It appears Harrison is at the end of the line. That said, it's time to fire up the ceremonial one-day Steelers contract to announce his retirement where he should have retired.
Update- The Bengals have officially released Harrison
Bengals now officially have released LB James Harrison.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014