James Harrison's agent has said the former defensive player of the year would be willing to play football for any team in the NFL in 2015, but the Tennessee Titans where Dick LeBeau is running the defense as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers are obvious front runners for a Harrison return next year.
The Titans seemingly have their book end OLBs locked up for the upcoming year, which essentially leaves the Steelers as the primary team for Harrison to suit up for in 2015, especially considering Harrison's desire to remain close to his family wherever he plays.
Harrison is currently working out in Arizona maintaining his body, waiting for the phone to ring, but don't think it hasn't already rung. When Jason Worilds surprisingly announced his retirement, the Steelers didn't have a knee jerk reaction to the news by going and signing the next available OLB on the market. Instead, they new what they had in their back pocket, and that would be Harrison ready to re-join the Steelers after Spring workouts and possibly most of training camp.
The Steelers have the outside linebackers they desire heading into the NFL Draft in Jarvis Jones and Arthur Moats. Like it or not, these are the guys in 2015. However, look for the Steelers to target a pass rusher in the draft as well as bring Harrison back to play a part-time role in the defense which will maximize his potential at his age and not wear down his body.
Is this plan the wisest and best plan for the Steelers? At this juncture it seems to be the only plan available for the organization, but that doesn't mean it can't be an effective one. When the organization did essentially the same thing with Brett Keisel in 2014, Keisel joined the team before a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles and never missed a beat. Keisel was having a tremendous season until a triceps injury sent him on the injured reserve list.
Harrison can have a similar amount of production as Keisel had in a part-time role, and there is no need for Harrison to put the extra work load of Spring workouts and training camp on his 37 year old body. The Steelers could sign him now, but don't be shocked if this announcement doesn't come till much later in the NFL calendar year - just like Keisel in 2014.