"Couldn't make the numbers work," said Harrison's agent, Bill Parise. #AZCardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) August 29, 2014
Unlike Brett Keisel, James Harrison at least made the trip to Arizona to meet with Bruce Arians and the Cardinals. However, Harrison is leaving the desert without a contract and his NFL future still up in the air.
Harrison has yet to prove that he can still play at a level that even resembles his former self that won a defensive player of the year award and accomplished possibly the greatest play in Super Bowl history, but now the question of whether he will even get a chance to prove his worth will even take place.
Arians told reporters that he met with Harrison, but as Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, told Kent Somers of AZcentral.com, they "couldn't make the numbers work."
Harrison leaving without a deal leaves the door open for a return to the Pittsburgh Steelers, if the organization deems that their depth and talent at outside linebacker isn't up to the standard it will take to win.
However, Harrison leaving Arizona without a deal because they "couldn't make the numbers work" shows that the veteran linebacker is not going to play for a league minimum contract, or anything he deems lessens his overall value as a player.
As the NFL season approaches, Harrison's time to jump on a team's roster is quickly dwindling.
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