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Former Steeler Harrison still without a contract

| Monday, March 25, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

James Harrison remains a man without a team.

Harrison, the five-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker cut by the Steelers on March 9, was expected to take a physical for the Ravens in Baltimore on Monday, according to his agent. But it did not take place after the Ravens signed former Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil to a five-year contract worth a reported $35 million that includes $8.5 million — including a $1 million signing bonus — in 2013.

“I would guess that (contract) closed that down,” said Bill Parise, Harrison's agent. “They don't need two of those type (pass-rushing) players. I wouldn't expect anything there.”

Dumervil is the first major addition by the Super Bowl champion Ravens during an offseason in which they have shed eight starters, including key players such as Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.

Dumervil, who has 63 12 career sacks, is 29, while Harrison, who has 64 sacks, is 35.

Still, Parise said he is “extremely optimistic that this will get done (with some team), I just don't know whether it will be tomorrow, next week or next month.”

The lack of a contract for Harrison to date partly reflects a market in which even proven stars such as running back Steven Jackson are signing for far less money than they likely would have commanded only a year or two ago. Jackson, coming off eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Rams, signed with Atlanta for $12 million over three years.

The Steelers released Harrison after the two sides could not agree on a pay cut that would allow the team to slice millions off its 2013 salary cap. Harrison was due to make $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.57 million in 2014.

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