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Is the end near for James Harrison now that Cincinnati Bengals have cut him?

The James Harrison experiment was a short one in Cincinnati, as the Bengals released the tough-man linebacker on Thursday.

Now the question is, at age 36 (in June), is Harrison done?

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the agent for Harrison says that he intends to keep playing. But who would take him? The options are slim.

Perhaps the Tennessee Titans would consider him on a one-year deal if LaMarr Woodley signs elsewhere. With former Steelers DB coach Ray Horton coordinating the defense there, he might want to bring a little of that old Pittsburgh snarl with him and show the young guys how it's done.

Harrison is a liability in coverage, and he's no longer a plus pass rusher. But he can still be physical in the run game, and this is still a division with three other teams that intend to run the football next season.

Plus, Harrison always has been popular with his teammates — less so with the media — and can add some toughness to a locker room. Watching him crush younger teammates in arm wrestling and also take 300-plus acupuncture needles at once tells you need to know: Harrison will play until his body turns to dust. 

If someone lets him, that is.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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