Former Steelers DE Harrison signs with Patriots

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The two oldest non-special teams players in the National Football League are now on the same team, as Harrison has signed with the Patriots, according to a source. He has played in just five games and logged three tackles this season, however, as rookie T.J. Watt took over a starting role.

James Harrison uses an Instagram post with a picture of Tom Brady to announce he is joining the New England Patriots. "A teammate that's older than me!"

But the Patriots might have a far different motivation for adding Harrison for the stretch run. 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.

But Harrison's playing time dipped significantly this season - he has just one sack. He has rarely played over the past two months, as the Steelers have four other outside linebackers on the depth chart ahead of him. He recorded five sacks to lead the Steelers last season, and recorded his only sack of the 2017 season back in Week 6 in a Pittsburgh win in Kansas City.

Former Steelers DE Harrison signs with Patriots
Former Steelers DE Harrison signs with Patriots

To make room on their roster, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly.

A win would give the Patriots the #1 overall seed in the AFC.

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

A day before, Tomlin had said following Pittsburgh's 34-6 win over Houston that clinched a first-round playoff bye that hard decisions such as this are "just life in football".

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