James Harrison would give the Cincinnati Bengals the NFL's best pass rush. The Bengals have already held talks with the 34-year-old former Pittsburgh Steelers star.
Those are talks are ongoing, according to NFL.com's Marc Sessler. Acquiring the free agent rush linebacker would boost an already fearsome rotation of pass-rushers.
Cincinnati's defense was just one sack shy of leading the league in quarterback takedowns in 2012. The Bengals compiled 51 sacks and trailed only the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams in applying pressure.
The lion's share of that pressure came from a deep and talented defensive line. Coordinator Mike Zimmer can rely on bookend edge-rushers Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap to collapse the pocket from the outside.
The pair combined for 17.5 sacks last season. Reserve ends Wallace Gilberry and Robert Geathers added a further 9.5.
Gilberry proved to be a very astute signing. He joined after being waived by the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It’s safe to say that the last thing the Baltimore Ravens needed was another distraction.
On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated broke a bombshell of a report detailing one of the latest product being used by athletes looking for an edge: a deer-antler spray containing the performance enhancer IGF-1 that is also available in pill form. Several prominent athletes were identified as users, but Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has to be the biggest name on the list. Lewis, who missed much of the season with a triceps injury and is retiring after the Super Bowl, has strongly denied the allegations and is set to play in the game on Sunday.
You want to watch this game? You must be a serious fanatic or a masochist. Or both. Even NFL.com is struggling to find reasons to watch. It says the fate of Browns head coach, Pat Shurmur and quarterback, Brandon Weeden hang in the balance. But multiple reports say Shurmur is already out the door. With a new owner and new GM, that does seem quite likely and any new head coach is probably going to want their own quarterback too, spelling the end of the short-lived Weeden era. (Incidentally it is quite a Browns thing to do - draft a rookie quarterback that is already approaching 30 with a first-round pick. Even if he did turn out to be legitimately good, he’s only going to have half a typical career.