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James Harrison released by Cincinnati Bengals

James Harrison's time in Cincinnati apparently is up after only one season.

Harrison said goodbye to Bengals fans on Twitter on Thursday, and the team announced his release shortly afterward. 

It's a surprising move. Harrison was mostly effective in a part-time role for the Bengals, but Marvin Lewis apparently wanted more out of him. It's also possible they felt that his prickly off-field personality wasn't worth managing for another season.

It wouldn't be a total shock if Harrison returned to Pittsburgh, assuming he's come to terms with his role as a backup. It also wouldn't be a shock if Harrison's career is over at 36 years old. The 2008 Defensive Player of the Year has had a great run after bouncing around and being released multiple times early in his career.

*The latest "Around The League Podcast" recaps the wild start of free agency. *

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