Patriots Expected To Sign Former Steelers LB James Harrison

The former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker reportedly visited the Patriots on Tuesday. But while Harrison was not claimed by any team during the waiver process, he wasn't out of the league for long.

The Patriots must make a corresponding roster move to make room for Harrison.

The Patriots are in a position to benefit from help at the line-backing level with Kyle Van Noy dealing injury and Dont'a Hightower sidelined for the season.

The Patriots can clinch home-field advantage with a win over the New York Jets or a Steelers loss to Cleveland in Week 17. He's racked up just three tackles and one sack.

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Harrison, 39, had seen his workload decrease dramatically this season after signing a two-year extension with the Steelers in March.

Harrison, who is in his 15th season in the National Football League and No. 14 with the Steelers, is Pittsburgh's all-time leader in sacks with 80.5 in 177 games.

It wouldn't be the first time a castoff joined the Patriots and had a turnaround season. Chances are that if the Pats make it to the AFC title game, they're going to be staring back at Pittsburgh.

The Patriots and Steelers are the favorites to meet in the AFC Championship Game in late January, and now it looks the team may have some insight into Pittsburgh's coaching and schemes. Don't be surprised if he plays very few snaps, but is gunning for the quarterback on every single play that he's on the field.

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