COMMENTARY | The Cincinnati Bengals scooped up a familiar face in NFL free agency this offseason when the front office brought in former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
Harrison had just been let go by the Steelers after the team decided he was not worth the full amount of his 2013 contract.
Now with Cincinnati, Harrison seems intent on revenge.
According to Geoff Hobson over at Bengals.com, Harrison is letting the thought of being a cap casualty motivate him:
"I understand it's a business, so it's not like I can take it personally," Harrison said. "But to say that it doesn't motivate me in some sense it would be a lie."
You better believe Harrison is dying to play his old team. There's a reason he looked nowhere outside of the AFC North for a job. After being shunned by the Baltimore Ravens, Harrison looked to Cincinnati and might have even looked at Cleveland if it came to that point.
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It's become a yearly tradition to question the value and potential productivity of the Steelers' offensive line, an annual wringing of hands that has been going on for a decade or longer. Even in the Super Bowl seasons of 2005 and 2008, the consensus opinion was that the championships were won in spite of the O-Line and certainly not because of them. Every offseason seems to be the same in this regard, with the big men in the trenches being pointed out as a team weakness. The microscope placed upon them is heightened all the more because of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the obvious need to protect the franchise player with the $102 million contract.
At this time last year, Steeler Nation had a bit more reason than usual for optimism after the team spent their first two draft picks on highly regarded linemen. Guard David DeCastro of Stanford was selected in the first round while Ohio State tackle Mike Adams was chosen in the second. They were to join an existing group that included All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey and 2011 second round draft pick tackle Marcus Gilbert.