James Harrison Still Motivated By Steelers

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

During a press conference on Tuesday, James Harrison said that to say he isn't motivated by being let go by the Steelers would by lying.

Bengals new SAM linebacker James Harrison, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers said that if he were to say that being a salary cap casualty of the Steelers still motivates him and saying that it doesn't would be lying.

"I understand it's a business, so it's not like I can take it personally," Harrison said. "But to say that it doesn't motivate me in some sense it would be a lie."

Harrison refused to take a pay cut after being one of the best pass rushers for the Steelers over the last few years and was subsequently released. He signed with the Bengals just days after the schedule was released in which the Bengals face the Steelers in two different primetime games.

Harrison also mentioned during his press conference on Tuesday that he's in the best shape he's been in for a while and that he feels his best since 2008 when he sacked the opposing quarterback 16 times, a career high.

Even though Harrison hasn't stepped on the field in a Bengals uniform yet, he has made somewhat of an impact on the locker room. Adam Jones believes he gives the defense a little more "swagger."

"He gives you that swagger and that seal," Jones said. "When you mail out the letter you have to make sure you put a stamp on it. Well, he's the stamp."

Harrison adds another pass rusher to a defensive front seven that finished second in sacks in 2012 with 51. He signed a two-year deal worth $4.45 million.

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