The Steelers and NFL MVP linebacker James Harrison are not close on a new deal according to an article today on ESPN that quotes Harrison’s agent – Bill Parise.
“We’re talking and meeting pretty regularly, almost daily, but we’re having a difficult time getting to where we need to be,” Parise said on the site. “I would say talks are progressing but not necessarily yielding the results that we would expect.”
The team wants to get Harrison locked up now, this even though he’s not due to hit the free agent market till after the 2010 season. He’s one of a number of Steelers that will be a free agent after 2010. Hines Ward is included on that list as well.
Back to Harrison, the article says that length of a new deal is not the primary issue, as the deal would be in the range of five to six years. But the two sides are far apart when it comes to the all-mighty dollar, and how it would be distributed over the length of the contract.
“I think the Steelers are trying to get a deal done, too,” Parise said. “It’s just right now we’re not close.”
Harrison had 101 tackles, 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles for the Super Bowl champs last season.