James Harrison visiting with Patriots Tuesday

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Shortly after the report, Harrison seemingly confirmed the news when he posted a photo of himself with Tom Brady, saying "finally..."

James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room.

In a corresponding move, the Steelers activated offensive starting Marcus Gilbert, who missed the previous four games while serving a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. Harrison remains Pittsburgh's all-time leader with 80.5 career sacks. He was released by the Steelers on December 23. He's racked up just three tackles and one sack. He was active in just five games despite being injury-free and with the Steelers turning more toward outside linebackers Bud Dupree and rookie T.J. Watt. With that on the line, expect to see starters in this final game of the regular season, unless the Patriots get up by 20 or more in the 4th quarter. Pittsburgh, though, realised Harrison could be scooped up by New England, Tennessee or Baltimore.

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This also could be a signing with the Patriots' first playoff opponent in mind.

Pittsburgh and New England are playing for home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs in Week 17. If the Patriots can clinch the top spot in the AFC, there's a chance they could face the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs, the team that stunned them in Week 1.