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Bengals cut James Harrison

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Print This March 13, 2014, 02:23 PM EST

The Cincinnati Bengals have cut veteran outside linebacker James Harrison after one season.

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year had two sacks last season as he played in all but one game. He had 40 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble.

Harrison was due a $1.1 million base salary and could have made another $250,000 divided up through per-game active roster bonuses.

He's a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

“It was great for our coaches, players and fans to have James on our team last year,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a player everyone looks up to because of his ability, his accomplishments and his drive to be the best. He helped us win a division title with his play and with the example he set.

“It’s time for us to go a different direction now, with some younger guys, but we will all still reap benefits from having had James with us as a Bengal last year.”

Harrison, 35, could contemplate retirement.

"Many thanks to all the Bengals fans for your support over the last year," Harrison wrote on his official Twitter account. "I had a great time in Cincinnati."

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