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Bill Belichick talks about James Harrison signing with Patriots

The New England Patriots made a late-season addition by signing former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.

According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave a generic response to bringing aboard the Steelers’ all-time leader in sacks.

“He’s played outside linebacker for the Steelers. We’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said.

Harrison is no longer the player he once was, but he can provide a pass rush off the edge while bringing aboard great experience. It also doesn’t hurt that he can help the Patriots game plan a bit against his former team ahead of a possible showdown in the playoffs.

The 39-year-old could have a major impact defensively in passing situations, maximizing whatever is left in the tank at this point in his career. He has only played in five games this season registering three tackles and a sack that came against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 15.

Sunday’s matchup against the New York Jets should provide a glimpse of the role Harrison will have with the Patriots the remainder of this season. In the meantime, his addition adds another piece to the puzzle toward New England possibly reaching a second straight Super Bowl with eyes toward repeating as champions.