Field Yates, NFL reporter for ESPN, cited an unnamed source when he tweeted that Harrison is at Gillette Stadium visiting with the Patriots. The Steelers released Harrison on Saturday to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who is returning from suspension. Harrison became a free agent on Monday after he cleared waivers. Needing some defensive help before the playoffs, it would make very much sense for Bill Belichick and company to want to add a veteran presence like Harrison.
Harrison, the Steeelers' career leader in sacks, played in just five games this season.
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Trey Flowers, Kyle Van Noy and rookie Deatrich Wise have emerged as the Patriots' top pass rushers. Both teams have locked up a first-round bye in the playoffs. Harrison has had some great seasons, and in his career, he has 82.5 sacks and 33 forced fumbles.
The Patriots could end the season with a 40-year-old Brady leading the way on offense and Harrison's head in the middle of the huddle on defense-an intriguing possibility that proves football is no longer a young man's game. The acquisition would also supply New England with the oldest defensive player in the league. If they do meet in the AFC title game, Harrison's chance to get revenge against his former team will be one of many awesome storylines.