After optimism over the weekend that James Harrison could be coming to the Bengals, things have slowed down measurably.

According to observers on both sides, no signing is imminent. the linebacker visited town Thursday and meetings with the team went well. But things can change once negotiations begin.

For one, the Bengals aren’t in any rush to sign him with the draft starting April 25. Also, there are doubts about whether Harrison could transition into a 4-3 defense after playing in a 3-4 with Pittsburgh.

And then there is the money factor. Harrison was scheduled to make $6.57 million this season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that Harrison refused to take a 30 percent salary cut from the Steelers. It is hard for the Bengals to envision giving Harrison $4.5 million or more.