Former Steelers DE Harrison signs with Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks on from the sidelines against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday Dec. 17 2017. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks on from the sidelines against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday Dec. 17 2017. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive

James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room. Harrison's limited playing time was a given since the Steelers preferred to use younger pass rushers in T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree. He also wasn't going to speculate if he'd be returning, instead pointing out that the team needed to make a move to get offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert back on the roster and that this is a part of life. And though the 39-year-old Harrison hasn't played much this season, he has had a history of dominating Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher. Harrison had one sack this season.

He collected at least five sacks every season between 2014 and 2016 and signed a two-year deal last spring that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through his 40th birthday. 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.

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

The Patriots and Steelers are now vying for the top seed in the AFC, while the Ravens now sit in one of the AFC's Wild Card spot heading into Week 17.

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Pittsburgh cut Harrison on Saturday, Dec. 23.

The Steelers and Patriots could potentially meet in the AFC Championship Game, which would set up a matchup between Harrison and his former team.

Only Pittsburgh, with six, owns more Super Bowl wins.

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