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Veteran linebacker James Harrison announces retirement after not agreeing to deal with Cardinals

He calls it a career after not getting the deal he wanted.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

After James Harrison and the Arizona Cardinals could not reach an agreement to a contract, the veteran linebacker announced his retirement from the NFL.

I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today. My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career. My love for the game isn't strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school. I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings. I am sincerely thankful to the people who have supported me over the years, first and foremost my family, the Rooney family and my Steeler family, also Mr. Brown, the Bengals organization and fans, and last but FAR from least, Steeler Nation. Thank you.

The Arizona Cardinals were connected to Harrison for a few days. He was recently released by the Cincinnati Bengals and came to work out.

However, no deal happened and ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that, despite how well the workout went, Harrison would not be signing with the Cardinals. Kent Somers reported that the team and Harrison couldn't agree on money, especially since the Cardinals had concerns with his age and durability.

Harrison is a player Cardinals fans do not like, as he scored on a 99-yard interception return on the final play of the first half when the Cardinals and Steelers played in the Super Bowl. He is 36 years old and only had two sacks last season with the Bengals.