Dec 8, 2011; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) cheers to the crowd against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won the game, 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Rumors: James Harrison a Free Agent Target?

The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran linebacker James Harrison in a salary cap move and he will now be looking for a new home for this first time since 2004. One interesting landing spot for Harrison could be his longtime AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland is in need of a pass rushing boost and, despite nearing the end of his career, Harrison still has a lot to offer if he can stay healthy.

Browns fans are very familiar with Harrison, who has a history of laying devastating hits on the Cleveland players. Most notably, Harrison has been fined for big hits on wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and quarterback Colt McCoy. Both players suffered concussions after the hits from the fierce linebacker. Browns fans may not need a reminder, but here is one of Harrison’s biggest hits:

Harrison played college football at Kent State and grew up in Akron, Ohio. The closeness to home could be something that attracts the five-time Pro Bowler to Cleveland. When your career is coming to an end, it is always nice to return to your roots.

At this point, it is pure speculation, but if the Browns were able to land Harrison it would be interesting to see how the signing would play out with the Browns – Steelers rivalry.

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