Steelers team president Art Rooney II said he is “optimistic” that the team will reach a long-term deal with LB James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday.
Harrison, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, came up with a key play in Super Bowl XLIII — a memorable 100-yard interception return for a touchdown right before the half.
Re-signing Harrison, who is in the final year of a deal that is scheduled to pay him $1.2 million, is a top priority for the Steelers, but that doesn’t mean it’s quick and easy, according to the paper.
- Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent, said he and the Steelers have talked regularly, but no breakthrough has been made.
- “Those things, they do tend to drag when you’re trying to extend somebody,” Rooney II said.
Harrison, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, set a team record with 16 sacks during the regular season. He also collected 101 tackles and seven forced fumbles with one interception.