CINCINNATI (AP) – The Bengals have released linebacker James Harrison, who had a limited role during much of his one season in Cincinnati.
The 35-year-old linebacker will be looking for a third team in three years. He left Pittsburgh, where he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls, after the sides couldn’t agree on a restructured contract.
The Bengals gave him a two-year deal and envisioned him as a difference maker. Harrison had a limited role for the first half of the season. He finished 12th on the team in tackles and had two sacks and one interception.
Coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals wanted to go with younger players at linebacker next season.
Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) talks with Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)