The Bengals have officially announced the signing of linebacker James Harrison.
Harrison is a five-time Pro-Bowl selection for Pittsburgh and a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Harrison (6-0, 242; Kent State) is a 10th-year NFL player in 2013, having played all his previous seasons with Pittsburgh. He entered the league in 2002 as an undrafted free agent and saw his first significant playing time in 2004. He was a key player on the last two Steelers Super Bowl winners (2005 and 2008), and he was a starter in the Pro Bowl from the 2007 through 2011 seasons. He has twice been named first-team Associated Press All-Pro, a team that combines the best players in both the AFC and NFC.
"James has been a dominant player on a team with a history of dominant defense," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "He has made a great number of game-deciding plays, and he brings us help in a position area we had planned to improve either through the draft or with a veteran signing. He will be a physical player against the run and will improve our pressure on the quarterback."
Harrison's first-team AP All-Pro selections came in 2008 and 2010. Also in 2008, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly.
On Friday, Harrison turned to Twitter to communicate his excitement for the Queen City:
"@jharrison9292: Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!"
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