The New England Patriots signed pass rusher James Harrison to bolster the team’s pass rush, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Harrison has experience in a 3-4 front and has been one of the most efficient pass rushers in the NFL in each of the past three seasons. He just lost his job to the youth movement in Pittsburgh.
Harrison is also one of the only players in the NFL able to make references to life in the 1970s. I’m sure Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will appreciate that.
Harrison was born in May of 1978 and is the seventh oldest player in the NFL. The four oldest players are all special teamers- Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson, Texans punter Shane Lechler- followed by Brady, Dolphins long snapper John Denney, and then Harrison. Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is four months younger than Harrison and is the only other player 39 years or older.
Harrison hasn’t played much in 2017 and should be fresh for the final stretch of the season and should step in as a third down contributor. Harrison played roughly 60% of the Steelers defensive snaps from 2014-16 and has 4.5 sacks in his past five playoff games.
Harrison bumps Stephen Gostkowski (33 years old) to third place in the Patriots current age rankings.