Bengals and former Steelers LB James Harrison continue talking, but as one source texted, "Does not look like the numbers will work."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2013
Wednesday afternoon added yet another turn of events in the saga between the two sides.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted at 1:36 p.m. EST that talks between the Bengals and Harrison have officially broken off. He added that the Bengals are likely to pursue free-agent linebacker Karlos Dansby going forward.
While talks with James Harrison/#Bengals have broken off, the team remains interested in Karlos Dansby. Nothing has ramped up yet tho— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 17, 2013
This is a significant change after yesterday's reports indicated that talks were not going well (via USA Today). Even after that gloomy report, there was still a glimmer of hope that both sides would be able to work something out.
Now, it appears things have ended completely.
With the Bengals now steering away from 35-year-old Harrison—who should be a better fit in a 3-4 defensive scheme anyway—they now turn to the 31-year-old Dansby.
As Rapoport stated, there has not been any immediate action between the Bengals and Dansby, but expect a change in that regard in the very near future.
Being that Harrison's asking price seemed to be a determining factor in this contract dispute, it should be interesting to see what kind of deal is offered to the younger, more productive Dansby.