The Pittsburgh Steelers sent shock waves through their fan base and the NFL after releasing James Harrison on Saturday to make room for Marcus Gilbert on their 53-man active roster.
After his release, Harrison’s agent told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler they are keeping their options open for 2107, whether that’s in Pittsburgh or somewhere else.
Harrison, never one to shy away from saying what he felt, or hiding from the limelight, took to social media with a simple message to fans.
Harrison’s statement regarding his plan not being his own isn’t what caught my eye, but the caption of the photo.
“Can’t wait to find out what God has in store for me next. Many thanks to #SteelersNation for the years of love & support ”
Doesn’t sound like a player who was told, “Hey James, we are going to release you, but don’t go anywhere because we will be bringing you back after Week 16 for the postseason.” Does it?
In fact, it seems as if Harrison is following his agent’s lead and keeping his options open. Without speculating, fans are now wondering what’s going on where the team would keep a player like Daniel McCullers or Justin Hunter—both of whom have had little-to-no impact on the team in 2017—to release a veteran like Harrison who still can get the job done if given the chance.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story and others, as the Steelers prepare for the Texans in Week 16.