NFL Notes: Steelers release James Harrison

NFL Notes: Steelers release James Harrison
March 9, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Free agency officially starts on Tuesday and the Eagles could fill positions of needs with players such as Sean Smith, Dashon Goldson and Jared Cook (see story).

Here is a look at some other news around the NFL:

Steelers release James Harrison
James Harrison's snarling tenacity made the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker one of the NFL's most intimidating players for nearly a decade.

Big hits -- some legal, some not so much -- also turned the outspoken five-time Pro Bowler into focal point for a league-wide crackdown on helmet-to-helmet contact.

Harrison's outlaw image made him beloved in Pittsburgh but reviled elsewhere. His onerous contract, however, no longer worked for a team with serious salary cap issues. The Steelers released the former Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday when the two sides could not agree on a more cap-friendly deal.

"It's been a great run but all good things must come to a end," Harrison posted on his Twitter account Saturday afternoon. "Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!"

Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert and Harrison's agent Bill Parise had spent the last few days trying to iron out a new deal but couldn't reach any common ground. Harrison was entering the final two years of a $51-million extension he signed in 2009 and was scheduled to make $6.57 million in 2013.

Instead, Harrison -- who turns 35 in May -- will find himself looking for work for the first time since he became a fixture on the right side of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense in 2006.

"James has been an integral part of our success during his years in Pittsburgh and has helped us win two Lombardi trophies during that time," Colbert said in a statement. "We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him the best" (see full story).

-AP

Bills re-sign Leodis McKelvin
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to re-sign cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a four-year contract worth a little over $20 million.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bills have not announced the move, which was first reported by foxsports.com on Saturday morning.

McKelvin is Buffalo's 2008 first-round draft pick, who was eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday.

He was used mostly as a third cornerback last year, when he finished with one interception in 13 games, including four starts. Overall, he has six interceptions in 64 career games, with only 33 starts.

McKelvin has made a bigger impact on special teams having scored four touchdowns returning kickoffs and punts, including two last year (see full story).

-AP

Logan Paulsen remains with Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. -- Tight end Logan Paulsen has agreed to a three-year contract to remain with the Washington Redskins.

Paulsen reached terms with the team on Saturday. He had been set to become a restricted free agent next week.

Undrafted from UCLA, Paulsen has played three seasons in Washington, with his playing time increasing each season in large part because of injuries to Fred Davis and Chris Cooley.

He started 10 regular season games last season, catching a career-high 25 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

-AP

Saints keep Junior Galette
NEW ORLEANS -- Linebacker Junior Galette has agreed to a three-year contract to remain with the New Orleans Saints.

Galette reached terms with the team on Saturday. He had been set to become a restricted free agent next week.

Galette was originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College in 2010.

Galette has appeared in 32 games with two starts for the Saints.

In 2012, Galette appeared in 16 games with one start at left defensive end and finished with 22 tackles and a career-high five sacks.

After spending his first three seasons at defensive end, the Saints say Galette will move to linebacker in the new 3-4 alignment (see full story).

-AP

William Moore remains a Falcon
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with safety William Moore on a five-year contract.

Moore was a Pro Bowl alternate with Atlanta last season, when he had four interceptions and 105 tackles. He was one of the top names on the team's list of unrestricted free agents.

Moore, a second-round draft pick from Missouri in 2009, has made 38 starts in four seasons with the Falcons. He was limited by a hamstring injury to 12 games last season. He set a career high with five interceptions in 2010.

The Falcons released running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson last week. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said his priority is to keep the team's free agents, including Moore.

-AP

Chiefs sign cornerback Robinson
Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs have added another new member to the team. Kansas City has reached a three-year agreement with former Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Robinson, 30, has been with Atlanta since 2010 and has recorded four interceptions over that span. Last season he had 80 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and 1.5 sacks while playing in all 16 games.

The Falcons cut him along with defensive end John Abraham and running back Michael Turner.

The signing of Robinson comes after Kansas City re-signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, offensive lineman Brandon Albert, and punter Dustin Colquitt and traded for quarterback Alex Smith.

Cardinals cut ties with Doucet

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have released wide receiver Early Doucet and given a qualifying, second-round tender offer to quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Doucet, a third-round draft pick in 2008, has been plagued by injuries much of his NFL career. He caught 28 passes for 207 yards in 12 games last season. For his Arizona career, Doucet had 139 catches for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns in 54 games.

Hoyer, signed by Arizona late last season, is a restricted free agent but Arizona has the right to match any offer. If they decide not to match, the Cardinals will receive a second-round draft pick as compensation.

The Cardinals also extended offers to three exclusive rights free agents: running backs William Powell and Alfonso Smith and defensive end Ronald Talley.

-AP

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