Seems a bit unlikely, but how fun would it be to add this animal to our new 3-4 defense?
There is no questioning the impact that Dick LeBeau has had in running the 3-4 defense. He may be one of the best defensive minds in the history of the game. James Harrison has excelled in this system. You can even say that LeBeau is responsible for Harrison's career.
James Harrison will be 35 years old when the Saints kick off the 2013 season. His best years may already be behind him, but the man understands how to play the 3-4 out of the LB position and could still contribute to a team making a title run. The past 2 seasons, Harrison appeared in 24 of 32 games and still managed 15 sacks. At a time where some see Harrison as declining, Saints fans would take 15 sacks from anyone out of the past 2 years.
Harrison was paid over 5.5 mil in 2012. i wonder if he would make 1/2 to 2/3 of that in 2013. I can see a 35 year old making 2-3 mil a year as a solid pass rusher as being a bargain, especially considering he can be part of easing the transistion of going from 4-3 to 3-4 and having the opportunity of playing under LeBeau.
I would only be for a 1 year deal, but Harrison can help in making the transition to the 3-4 defense an easier one. So while Harrison can be a head case and is hated by Goddell (a year after bountyfest) , should Harrison be looked at as a possible OLB option to rotate with the much younger Wilson and Galette?