James Harrison, Cincinnati Bengals Have Strong Growing Mutual Interest

Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) and defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison completed his tour of the AFC North when he met with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday and it looks like his latest stop could be the final one.

NFL.com is reporting that the Bengals and Harrison have a strong growing mutual interest and the two sides could soon open up contract negotiations.

From the NFL.com report:

Harrison and the Bengals have yet to enter in-depth contract talks on the heels of Thursday’s visit, but Rapoport was told discussions are likely to heat up over the weekend.

Cincinnati hosted Harrison along with Karlos Dansby this week, but don’t plan to sign both. Signs point to Harrison joining the Bengals, who envision him as a base outside linebacker and nickel pass-rusher, according to team sources.

Harrison would fill a major need for the Bengals, while fitting in to their defensive philosophy and toughness.

If Harrison can catch on with the Bengals, you can be sure he will be extra motivated to prove the Steelers he has plenty left to give and it would add an interesting new dynamic to the Steelers – Bengals rivalry.

Topics: Cincinnati Bengals, James Harrison

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