Here's Why James Harrison Chose To Sign With Patriots After Leaving Steelers

Posted December 27, 2017

Fresh off his release from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the veteran linebacker visited Gillette Stadium on Tuesday and later signed with New England.

The team had not announced any transactions Tuesday as of 5 p.m. ET.

The Patriots shouldn't expect much from Harrison at this stage in his career. After playing in 587 snaps previous year, Harrison was only at 40 snaps before his release.

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The Steelers may have had hopes of releasing Harrison only to pick him back up this week, but their roster roulette backfired this time.

While Harrison's role has been reduced dramatically in Pittsburgh, he could still make a splash for the Patriots defense just in time for a Super Bowl run. Many felt that Belchick signing former Jets linebacker Davis Harris fell in line with that, even as Harris has collected dust much of the season on the bench.

This also could be a signing with the Patriots' first playoff opponent in mind. Marquis Flowers played great in Sunday's win over the Bills in Van Noy's absence, leading the team with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but the Pats could use more depth at linebacker without Dont'a Hightower.

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He has one sack and three tackles on the year.

"We make the decisions that we feel give us the very best chance to win".

The Patriots and Steelers are vying for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and are locked in to the top two spots in the conference.

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The Patriots defeated the Steelers 27-24 in Week 15.