Ex-Steelers LB James Harrison likely to sign with Patriots

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Beyond that, Harrison should be another quality addition to the Patriots locker room as they eye a Super Bowl repeat. Harrison remains Pittsburgh's all-time leader with 80.5 career sacks. "We needed the people we kept. Really, it's nothing more than that". The team also uses linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Trevor Reilly and Marquis Flowers at the end of the line, depending on the package. Harrison, with 570 total tackles to his credit, has a grand total of 82.5 sacks over his career, which is now eighth on the list among active players. Brady is 40 years old, while Harrison is 39 and turns 40 on May 4. He was active in just five games despite being injury-free and with the Steelers turning more toward outside linebackers Bud Dupree and rookie T.J. Watt.

The Pittsburgh Steelers coach is going to wait to determine how much Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and company play during Sunday's regular-season finale against winless Cleveland.

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The New England Patriots will be in the playoffs and they'll have a first-round bye once again. The signing could make for an interesting reunion between Harrison and Pittsburgh should the Patriots and Steelers meet in the AFC championship game. New England owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on December 17. He'll now have a chance to chase his third Super Bowl ring with a new team.

The Patriots and Steelers are now vying for the top seed in the AFC, while the Ravens now sit in one of the AFC's Wild Card spot heading into Week 17.

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