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Bill Belichick doesn't have much to say about James Harrison signing

Ryan Hannable
December 27, 2017 - 10:23 am

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick doesn't usually like to speak much about new players before he gets the chance to work with them, but he took things to a whole new level Wednesday following the team signing former Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison on Tuesday.

Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler, played in just five games with the Steelers this year and totaled one sack before being released last Saturday.

“He’s played outside linebacker for the Steelers. We’ll see how it goes," Belichick said when asked for his thoughts on Harrison as a player.

Some have said the two systems carryover, but Belichick didn't have much to add to that.

“I don’t know," he said. "We’ll start working with him and see where it goes.”

The 39-year old, who is the oldest defensive player in the league, has played in 192 games with 117 starts and has 516 total tackles, 82.5 sacks, eight interceptions, 33 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries over the course of his 15-year NFL career. Harrison has played in 19 postseason games with 12 starts with 77 total tackles, 11 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. In addition to being named to the Pro Bowl five times, he's been named a first-team All-Pro twice and second-team two times as well.

When asked about his career, all Belichick had to say was "good."

It's also been speculated part of the reason the Patriots brought Harrison on board was to get some intel on the Steelers, who the Patriots could potentially play in the playoffs.

“We’re playing the Jets this week," Belichick said. "I don’t really know what that has to do with it. Maybe I’m missing something, I don’t know.”

Harrison will likely see the majority of his playing time at outside linebacker and will be asked to set the edge, as well as get after the opposing quarterback.

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