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PostSubject: The Silverback Chronicles   Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:37 am

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James Harrison signing in Cincinnati seems so assumed that Bengals players sounded perfectly comfortable talking about the linebacker's potential addition on Monday.

"One of the things I like about him is he brings that intensity and swagger to the defense," defensive tackle Domata Peko said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Whenever I watch him play he is knocking people's heads off. That's what you want on that team. With Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, those are a lot of playmakers out there and to add someone like Harrison would be awesome for us."

Harrison met with the Bengals' brass Monday to work on a contract, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported. A deal has yet to be agreed upon.

The 34-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year would slide into the strong-side linebacker spot alongside middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and weak-side linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

The Bengals' locker room likes the idea of lining him up against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice next season.

"He hates the Steelers now, and that's somebody we need on our side of the football," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said.

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PostSubject: Re: The Silverback Chronicles   Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:54 pm

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Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison joined former legends in signing within the division like Rod Woodson, agreeing to a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Friday.

While the Bengals haven't confirmed the deal because Harrison hasn't signed anything, reports indicate Harrison will be in Cincinnati to sign a deal the second week of May.

The Steelers released Harrison earlier this offseason when he declined a reduced offer to remain in Pittsburgh. Terms weren't released on the amount of his contract, but the cap-friendly Bengals could have given him at or around what he would have made with Pittsburgh in 2013.

Where will he play will be a matter of some debate. The Bengals run a 4-3 defense but do not operate out of their base defense particularly often. With the talent and athleticism they have in their front seven, keeping him standing up and coming off the edge would make sense. A strongside presence could move second-year LB Vontaze Burfict to the middle - where many expected him to play in the future.

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