Former Pittsburgh Steelers franchise sack leader James Harrison signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots following a visit with the team on Tuesday after going unclaimed on waivers and becoming a free agent, according to multiple reports.
Harrison's deal, at $1 million for an entire season, will pay him a prorated base salary of $58,824, per sports contract website spotrac.com. He will be eligible to play in the Patriots' regular-season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday and the playoffs.
The Steelers released the 39-year-old linebacker on Saturday to provide room for the return of right tackle Marcus Gilbert from suspension.
To make room for Harrison on the roster, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly.