James Harrison asked if he's coming back next year. Tried to pass buck, say older son doesn't want him to. Son piped up "I didn't say that!"— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 21, 2014
In what's ultimately a "funny but makes you think" sort of tidbit," NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala tweeted after the Steelers' 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs his older son wants him to call it a career after this season.
The older son called his bluff in front of the reporter.
After a performance like Harrison had against the Chiefs - he was credited with 1.5 sacks, another tackle-for-loss and largely dominated whatever blocker the Chiefs put on him - in his 10th game this season, it's really hard to say the game has passed Harrison by. Whether he wants to go through the rigors of getting into and staying in shape, not to mention risking the injuries associated with this game, is another story.
The Steelers should welcome him back with open arms, though. Age smage, Harrison has been far better than he's been bad this season, and considering the lack of production coming from 2013 first round pick Jarvis Jones, the team will need to address the position in some way this offseason. Jason Worilds is scheduled to be a free agent, and after a two-sack game Sunday against the Chiefs, he's likely to draw suitors in free agency, where it's likely his demand will outweigh the Steelers' financial interest in him.
They'd love to keep him, but not at the price many teams are likely to offer. That would leave the Steelers with basically just Jones on their outside linebacker depth chart heading into the rest of free agency and the draft.
We're not sure what Harrison's son feels about that, but the man will do what the man will do. The team, though, should try to get him back for another year.