James Harrison Rumors Turn to Reality With Bengals Signing

By Alex Johnston, Epoch Times
April 19, 2013 7:00 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:20 pm

James Harrison rumors: Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison reportedly signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!” Harrison tweeted on Friday afternoon.

ESPN reported that Harrison signed to the Bengals, a fellow AFC North rival, on Friday for an undisclosed amount of money.

“Any time you can get James Harrison on your team, it’s a great day,” Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent, told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The newspaper reported that Harrison signed a two-year contract with the team.

There were rumors that Harrison and Bengals could not see eye to eye on a potential deal, but those apparently were dispelled.

“He would fit right in over here. One of the things I like about him is he brings that intensity and swagger to the defense,” defensive tackle Domata Peko told the Enquirer. “Whenever I watch him play he is knocking people’s heads off. That’s what you want on that team. With Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, those are a lot of playmakers out there and to add someone like Harrison would be awesome for us.”

Harrison missed three games during the 2012 season with Pittsburgh with a knee injury but he performed well in the second half of the season, according to ESPN.

He finished with six sacks and got two forced fumbles during the season.