James Harrison rumors: Bengals in no rush to sign LB

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A handful of factors have led the Bengals to cool on the former Steelers linebacker.

Negotiations between the Cincinnati Bengals and free agent linebacker James Harrison have stalled and a signing is not imminent, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday.

From the Enquirer:

Harrison visited town last Thursday and meetings with the team went well. But as is usually the case, things can change once negotiations begin.

Harrison visited the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the offseason, but interest on the Ravens' side ceased upon the signing of Elvis Dumervil. Reedy said the Bengals may wait to sign Harrison until after next week's NFL draft, during which the team could satisfy its need at outside linebacker.

Harrison is from Akron, Ohio and played his college ball at Kent State. He was undrafted out of Kent State in 2002, and within five years (including a stint in NFL Europe in 2004), he was a Pro Bowler in Pittsburgh. He won the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year with his team-record 16 sacks. He was released in March.

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