Steelers, LB Harrison nearing contract extension

James Harrison and the Pittsburgh Steelers are closing in on a contract extension that could be finalized as early as Monday, according to Bill Parise, the agent for the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Parise says all parties involved agreed to get past the Easter holiday before consummating the deal.

The price tag of Harrison’s extension is expected to play into the financial parameters of contract negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware, who like Harrison is an outside linebacker.

Harrison helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 by intercepting a Kurt Warner pass and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest play in Super Bowl history and capped Harrison’s best NFL season, in which he led the league with seven forced fumbles and set a Steelers record with 16 sacks. Harrison also ranked second on the team with 101 tackles.

Harrison is entering the final season of a four-year, $5.5 million contract that he signed in 2006.

— Steve Wyche

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