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The five-time Pro Bowler will be entering his 13th NFL season after spending the winter training in Arizona. This offseason, there were no questions about whether Harrison wanted to return. He came back to the Steelers in 2014 after a brief 18-day retirement. Harrison played in 11 games last season.
The five-time Pro Bowler spent a month getting in shape before showing flashes of his former brilliance. Harrison finished with 5 1/2 sacks in 11 games for the Steelers, who went 11-5 and won the AFC North title. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said earlier this month the team wasn't ruling out a return by Harrison. Pittsburgh will be searching for depth at outside linebacker. Jarvis Jones is the only experienced outside linebacker under contract for next season.
Harrison got off to a slow start, but has picked up the pace significantly in recent weeks. The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year says he's still not at full speed, but likes the direction the Steelers are heading.
Once a vital cog to one of the NFL's top defenses, Harrison will be a role player most Sundays - or whenever they schedule NFL games these days.
Harrison retired as a member of the Steelers less than three weeks ago after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He cited the need to be close to his sons. Playing for the Steelers takes care of that problem. Harrison lives in a northern suburb. The Steelers need pass rushing help after losing linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injury in Sunday night's win over Carolina.
Harrison tweeted "I'll give it one more year" while linking to a video in which he asks his two sons if they want him to play football. They hesitate, but when prompted that if he played for the Steelers he could stay home, his sons answer yes emphatically. Harrison signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Steelers on Sept. 5. The team is thin at linebacker after Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones went down with injuries in Sunday night's 37-19 loss to Carolina.
The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He visited the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week but did not sign a contract. He called the decision "a difficult one" but insisted he has no regrets.
Harrison's agent, William Parise, said Harrison had a physical and met with coach Bruce Arians but the prospective deal broke down over money. The 36-year-old Harrison played last year with Cincinnati, starting in 10 games and getting two sacks.
The Bengals gave him a two-year deal and envisioned him as a difference maker. He finished 12th on the team in tackles and had two sacks and one interception.