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Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:48 am
After a decade in Pittsburgh, Farrior will be released. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Yet another longtime Steelers player is done in Pittsburgh. That’s the word from agent Ralph Cindrich, who tweeted Friday morning that his client, linebacker James Farrior, will not be back with the Steelers in 2012.

“#JamesFarrior has been a rock for the #Steelers but the #Turk takes no prisoners -- he's gone,” wrote Cindrich.

The move to release the 15-year veteran who spent the past 10 years in Pittsburgh (he started his career with the Jets in 1997) is only the latest Steelers casualty as the team tries to get under the salary cap so it, we assume, can sign receiver Mike Wallace to a deal.

Already, Pittsburgh has released defensive end Aaron Smith and cleared the roster spot formerly taken by receiver Hines Ward, and as’s Ryan Wilson points out, linebacker Larry Foote and nose tackle Casey Hampton also are on the potential chopping block.

Since he landed in Pittsburgh in 2002, Farrior has been a consistent force, recording at least 100 tackles in nine of the next 10 seasons. But his production fell off a bit last year, and at the age of 37, he clearly is slowing down. Farrior was due $2.825 million in 2012, the last year of his contract.

And at this point, you have to wonder if Farrior is done altogether from the game.  

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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:54 am

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

     Yeah, shammrock, keep talking about those 6 rings....were you even around when they won the first 4?  Face it, the Steelers defense is aging and while it has been an outstanding unit for a long time changes will have to be made.  While I am certainly not a Steeler fan, I do give their management a lot of credit for making changes when needed and staying among the NFL's elite teams for the past two decades.

     And if this is the end of the line for James Farrior, I congratulate him on having a fine NFL career.  

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:55 pm

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close


Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:34 am

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

GOSH!!!you ravens fans need to get a life!!!you beat the steelers 2xs in the regular season......and didnt win the super bowl!!!the steelers are set on defense for years to come!!!these moves make sense,but are hard to deal with!!  having known ray rice forever,,the word on flacco ,is hes soft!!!the ravens and the so called ravens fans....better hope your senior citizen defense holds up!!!very doubtful!!!its too bad ray ray doesnt play for a real franchise!!!but hey,,,you never know!! hes goin where the money is!!!

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:39 am

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Adgmod3: I agree with your post. The Steelers have built their Organization on Defense and their Defense is aging. They will rebuild thru the draft but I foresee them taking a backseat in the AFC North for a couple of seasons before they compete again.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:18 am

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

In reply to kernsbr's post, I believe Baltimore hoped they would play Pittsburgh so as to shut the mouth of idiot Steelers fans like this.  The thing about many Steelers fans is they're not real Steelers fans.  The Steelers typically win 12-13 games in the regular season a year.  I bet if you asked some of these people about Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress, Cameron Heyward, or Kordell Stewart, they'd probably say, "who?" Too bad they couldn't play in the playoffs again; that would've been a good game...and don't think the reason why their cutting half the roster right now is to afford Mike Wallace, no, no, no.  That team last year sucked, they got Tebowed, and now it's time to rebuild.  Say your goodbyes to Tomlin now while you can, "Steeler Nation!"  Laughing

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:00 am

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

I went to High School with him. Classy guy considering his younger brother was a complete sack of garbage.... drug dealer, bully. 

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:58 am

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Haha... Flacco sucks... Raven's fans crack me up...  

I live in Baltimore and see every game... dude is hot and cold... and can't win the big one...  

The Steelers will be fine... old dogs must go sometimes...  so, draft well and we'll be fine...  

I just hope they learn how to draft O linemen quick... besides Pouncey they have missed time and time again...

Here we go Steelers, here we go... 

Pittsburgh has never lost to Baltimore in the Playoffs... pick your sport...  Open a beer to that Baltimorons

Ravens beat the Steelers twice this past season and would have beaten you guys in the Playoffs had we gotten the chance.

Too bad you guys got TEBOWED!!!

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:40 pm

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

I mean 15 yrs is great for a Kicker, or some other less aggressive, and less ever evolving position on the NFL, and consider, how long he played at such a high level, in a very active LB lead Defense. Absolutely amazing run.   He can walk out head held high.   Wouldnt be surprised if he stayed home or Played.   But a career anyone would be proud of.  

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:31 pm

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Anyone who closely watches the Steelers knows these moves are not to "just get under the salary cap." These players are all long in tooth and no longer key members on the team. The closest to a big contributor was Farrior -- but he's 37! That's old! Every player let go was diminished, non-important, or just way too old. None really were the reason for the 12-4 record last season, so I only think it is a positive -- freeing up old, dead weight, and cap money, too. I salute all of them -- great Steelers -- but such is the cruel, honest NFL. Everyone has to hang em up sooner or later.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:00 pm

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

thats what happen when you lose. somebody has to pay by getting released or traded.

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