James Harrison tweeted out earlier today that he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are struggling with salary cap issues and were unable to come to terms on a new deal with Harrison.
The 49ers are hosting John Abraham today, as the team looks to improve their front seven depth. Abraham would likely rotate in behind Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks in the 3-4, while also getting some work at end in the team's nickel defense.
Given their interest in Abraham, would anybody be surprised if the team gave James Harrison a call? It is possible Harrison will look only for a starting role and starting money, even if on a one or two year deal. But if he is willing to take a bit less to get another crack at the playoffs, he would be worth a look. Of course, a healthy Ben Roethlisberger could get mean the Steelers get back to the playoffs, so this very well could just be a financial issue, and nothing more.
Barring a roster move, the 49ers do have Parys Haralson coming back next year. Additionally, Darius Fleming will be coming off the injured list and Cam Johnson will be competing for work in training camp. Do they bring enough to the table that it would mean not bringing in a veteran for the OLB/nickel end rotation? It likely comes down to money, but when doesn't it?