Harrison shares joke with Tom Brady as Patriots switch nears

Sheri Evans
December 27, 2017

According to ESPN, Harrison was expected to sign with the New England Patriots.

The 39-year-old and Brady, 40, have seven Super Bowl titles and nearly 500 games under their combined belts.

He posted a photo of himself with 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady from the Patriots locker room on his Instagram account, joking that he finally has a teammate that is older than him.

But we believe the Patriots not only see Harrison as a helpful addition at a need position, with the team thin at the "edge" spots - the team had to pick up Eric Lee there, is featuring fourth-round rookie Deatrich Wise heavily and has moved linebackers into that role.

Harrison joins the Patriots as the oldest defensive player in the National Football League at the age of 39.

Harrison briefly retired after spending the 2013 season with the rival Cincinnati Bengals but returned to the Steelers in September 2014.

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The Steelers released the 39-year-old linebacker on Saturday to provide room for the return of right tackle Marcus Gilbert from suspension.

But the Patriots might have a far different motivation for adding Harrison for the stretch run.

The Patriots have been thin at defensive end/outside linebacker for most of the season. He recorded five sacks to lead the Steelers last season, and recorded his only sack of the 2017 season back in Week 6 in a Pittsburgh win in Kansas City.

New England, which won the AFC East for a ninth consecutive season, can wrap up the AFC's top seed with a win over the Jets this weekend or a loss by the Steelers, who host winless Cleveland.

The Patriots defeated the Steelers 27-24 in Week 15. Harrison would get a chance to play against his former team if both teams advance to the AFC Championship Game for a second straight season.

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