James Harrison Completes Signing With NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals

Former All-Pro linebacker James Harrison was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, remaining in the same National Football League division after the Pittsburgh Steelers cut him.

Harrison, who was released by the Steelers in March after playing his entire 10-year NFL career for the American Football Conference North Division team, agreed to a deal with Cincinnati on April 19. The team listed the signing today on its website. Contract terms weren’t disclosed, though ESPN said it’s a two- year deal, citing Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise.

The 34-year-old Harrison won the 2008 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award. He was named a first-team All-Pro that season and in 2010.

Harrison has 64 career sacks. The six he had last season while playing 13 games marked his fewest since becoming a full- time starter in 2007.

The Bengals went 10-6 last season to finish in second place behind the Baltimore Ravens, earning a playoff spot as a wild- card team. The Steelers were 8-8.

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