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The agent for free-agent James Harrison indicated that six teams are interested in the former Pittsburgh Steelers and one of those continues to be the Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has yet to initiate contract talks with Harrison, but there appears to be interest from both sides, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Ravens have a spot to fill at outside linebacker after Paul Kruger signed a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns this week.

"I've talked to Ozzie and we're going to talk again Saturday," Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, told the Sun. "Their timeline is a little slower at this point, but Ozzie's going to have to sign at least a couple of linebackers.

"I know where we stand. He's made it clear that there's interest from the Ravens, and we have an interest. We would like that very much for James to wind up with great organization like the Ravens. So we'll wait and see where it goes."

Parise didn't identify to the Sun the six teams showing interest in the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

"We've got a pretty strong core of teams," Parise said. "We're starting to get a better definition of things."

Harrison, 34, was released by the Steelers last week when he rebuffed the team's attempts to get him to take a pay cut. During his nine seasons in Pittsburgh, he had 64 sacks and won the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year award.
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