The sides apparently are not locked in a stalemate just yet, but this comes as a huge shock when only yesterday it appeared that this was practically a done deal.
Pro Football Talk elaborated on the issue by adding that the Bengals have most of the leverage in this situation after a virtual non-existent market for Harrison, and the Bengals continuing to consider Karlos Dansby as an alternate option.
Bengals talks with Harrison "not going well" wp.me/p14QSB-8gKd— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 16, 2013
#Bengals have all the leverage with James Harrison. No need to give in to what he wants. Have Carlos Dansby on deck as well.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) April 16, 2013
Pro Football Central tweeted more insight into the situation:
Huge roadblock in negotiations is guaranteed money. Harrison wants more of a guarantee that what Cincy is offering.— BrianHPFC (@PFCentral) April 16, 2013
The Bengals severely lack an explosive and experienced linebacker corps and would welcome Harrison as a huge improvement to that area of the defense.
There is still a chance that a deal inevitably gets worked out, but this is certainly not a good indication of things to come.