James Harrison rejected Pats’ offer to return for 2018 season
James Harrison decided that being at home with his sons was more important than returning to the Patriots for the 2018 season.
In an interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harrison said that New England did offer him the opportunity to play for the Patriots next season after finishing the 2017 season with New England. Harrison had 11 tackles and 2.0 sacks in four games for the Patriots last season while helping them advance to Super Bowl LII.
I knew I wasn’t going to be at home, so that’s really what it came down to, said Harrison, who officially retired from the NFL on Monday.
Instead of returning to the Patriots, Harrison will stay in Pittsburgh while getting the chance to work with is sons, ages 8 and 10, as he looks to help them with the start of their football careers.
My family’s the most important thing to me, and with them being OK, I can come back to the team freely and be able to help them out now, he said. It’s been fun. I feel like my teammates and the organization definitely helped me out coming back from things with my family and even the injuries, with being able to play and being able to perform at the peak I’m performing.
Bringing along a developmental quarterback is much easier in theory than in practice. It requires believing in NFL coaching to cover up weaknesses that made the passer in question fall to the middle rounds.
Some general manager who trusts his coaching staff could take on that challenge with Luke Falk.
The Washington State standout may be ideally suited for a situation with a veteran starter firmly in place, providing an opportunity for him to wait, watch and learn for a year or two. That’s why Falk has been tied to the Los Angeles Chargers, according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, a team that could be looking for a successor at the position with Philip Rivers entering his age-36 season.
Pacers: Indiana has been eliminated by James four times in the past eight seasons. ….. Haven’t won a series since beating Washington in six games in the 2014 semifinals. … Improved to 22-22 in the opening game of a series, including 9-16 on the road.