Report: Patriots and James Harrison have discussed 2018 return

James Harrison was a valuable addition to the New England Patriots last year after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following the team’s loss in Super Bowl LII, it was reported that Harrison had a “reasonable chance” to return to New England as a free agent in 2018.

Now, according to Kevin Duffy of Mass Live, the two sides have begun discussions about a possible return. As Duffy notes in his report, New England isn’t in great shape financially and needs to find bargains on defense, especially if it has any hope of re-signing free agent left tackle Nate Solder.

Harrison would be a cheap option and proved last season that he’s still got gas left in the tank at the age of 39. He has stated recently that he wants to play a couple more seasons in the NFL, and based on the way he has kept up his body (like this) nobody should doubt he’s capable of doing it.