James Harrison on Tom Brady: 'Finally a teammate that's older than me'

Wednesday, 27 Dec, 2017

The New England Patriots are expected to sign James Harrison, according to ESPN.

He posted a photo of himself with 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady from the Patriots locker room on his Instagram account, joking that he finally has a teammate that is older than him.

The Steelers may have had hopes of releasing Harrison only to pick him back up this week, but their roster roulette backfired this time. "We needed the people we kept".

In a corresponding move, the Steelers activated offensive starting Marcus Gilbert, who missed the previous four games while serving a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. "Really, it's nothing more than that".

This also could be a signing with the Patriots' first playoff opponent in mind.

For his career, Harrison has 82.5 sacks and 570 tackles in 15 seasons, 14 of which were spent in Pittsburgh, the other in Cincinnati.

The Steelers and Patriots each secured a bye through to the divisional round, though New England can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Jets in its regular season finale Sunday. The only competition for that coveted top seed is the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Patriots can handle business all on their own. That could be just what the Patriots need to beat the Steelers in the postseason, assuming the two teams meet in the AFC Championship Game.

Only Pittsburgh, with six, owns more Super Bowl wins.