James Harrison said on Saturday that he’d pray on his decision and ask his kids for help in choosing between the Titans and Steelers. On Sunday, the veteran made his decision.
The 36-year-old will be returning to Pittsburgh on a two-year contract. Harrison will make $2.75-million over the life of the deal, and he’ll join a Steelers linebacking core that looked quite thin heading into free agency. In addition to Harrison hitting free agency, the Steelers lost middle linebacker Jason Worilds to retirement, leaving Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier as the only players left in the group that made significant contributions in 2014.
Harrison solves issues for the Steelers, but the Titans are left looking for a linebacker. The team’s desire to add a veteran presence could lead them to former Colts and Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney, who found himself on the free agent market after San Diego elected not to pursue a new contract with him. They could also look to former Patriot and Bill Brandon Spikes, who I wrote last week would be a great fit. There are still several quality options on the market and the draft offers fixes as well. The Titans need to make a move, though the lack of a fix at this time shouldn’t offer reason for fans to panic.