Steelers release James Harrison

The Pittsburgh Steelers released former AP defensive player of the year James Harrison. The move comes after Harrison and the organization couldn't figure out a way to restructure his contract to fit within the confines of the team's salary cap situation.

"We have informed James Harrison that we have released him," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said, via the team's website. "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. We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him the best."

Harrison signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kent State in 2002. He became one of the defense's top performers over the years, recording 16 sacks in 2008, which was arguably his best NFL season. He was a part of three AFC Championship teams and contributed toward two Pittsburgh Super Bowl titles.

"James has played a major role in the success of this organization during his time in Pittsburgh," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I appreciate everything he has done in my six years as head coach and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Harrison took to twitter after being notified of his release.

"It's been a great run but all good things must come to a end," Harrison wrote. "Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!"

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