PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison says he has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Harrison tweeted, “Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!” late Friday.
Harrison first signed as a free agent in 2004 and finished as one of the Steelers all-time greats with 581 career tackles and 70.5 sacks (regular and post-season).
Harrison was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and finished only behind Jason Gildon, L.C. Greenwood and Joe Greene in career regular season sacks with 64.
Harrison is also the Steelers all-time leader in single season sacks, finishing with 16 in 2008. He also returned an interception 100 yards in the Super Bowl XLIII victory against Arizona. The longest play in Super Bowl history.
He suffered from knee injuries the last two seasons, limiting his playing time and he was released following the 2012 season, and he’s had his share of controversy.
He was arrested and charged with simple assault and criminal mischief stemming from a domestic altercation with his girlfriend in 2008.
The district attorney eventually dropped all charged because Harrison had completed anger management counseling and psychological counseling.
Harrison also called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook and a puppet” in a Men’s Journal article.
He was released from the Steelers in March.
His tweet then read: “It’s been a great run but all good things must come to a end. Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!”
He had two years left on his contract, which was scheduled to pay him a $6.5 million this year — and another $7.5 million in 2014.