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Linebacker James Harrison visiting Arizona Cardinals, per reports

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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2013, file photo ,Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison smiles as he leaves the field following their 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game in Cincinnati. With NFL training camps about to open around the league in a few days, several big-name players such as Ed Reed and James Harrison are still unemployed. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

The Arizona Cardinals might be hoping to strike veteran defensive gold one more time.

The team is bringing in free-agent linebacker James Harrison for a visit, per multiple reports.

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Harrison, 36, received little interest on the free-agent market after being released in March by the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he started 10 games (out of 15 played) last season. He was not effective as a pass rusher, notching only two sacks, and never really making an impact.

But the Cardinals have need at linebacker, both inside and out. Daryl Washington is supended for the season, Karlos Dansby left to sign with the Cleveland Browns in the offseason and John Abraham is playing his way back into shape after rejoining the team late following a DUI this offseason.

Coordinator Todd Bowles' defense as a could use some help, too. Defensive end Darnell Dockett just went down for the season, and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is in danger of missing Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers if he does not play in the preseason finale on Thursday.

The Cardinals tried to bring in former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel to help replace Dockett, but Keisel reneged on a free-agent visit and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's interesting to note that the Steelers also showed some lukewarm interest in Harrison returning to town this offseason, but that hasn't materialized.

The Cardinals have found some veterans to help them out after others have passed, such as Dansby and Abraham ... could Harrison be the next in that line? The ornery Harrison could be brought in as a tone-setter on defense, but his play has dropped off precipitously the past few seasons.

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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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