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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 CBSSports.com’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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Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:42 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

great post evelknievel! will miss you farrior time for the draft



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

When you unload 14- and 15-year veterans you aren't rebuilding folks.  You are evolving. 

What separates the Steelers from other franchises is that their draft picks aren't made for immediate needs.  The linebackers replacing Farrior (and probably Foote soon) have already been on the team for 2-3 years learning, growing and fully prepared to take over next year.

Hines is gone.  He was already replaced and was 4-5 WRs deep.

Yeah, the Steelers are rebuilding.  They had a down year at 12-4.  True!      
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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

The Steelers don't rebuild, they reload!

You might not remember the 1980s but I do.  They rebuild on occasion.  Hopefully this isn't one of them.

This is the right move, they need to get younger.  I really love a lot of these players, but even if their replacements don't pan out at least you are taking a chance on the future rather than living in the past.



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:06 pm
 

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...   &nb
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Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Yo, bellman19...it's spelled M-O-R-O-N-I-C.  And I am not a moronic non-Steeler fan........ more of a fan of any team they play.  That being stated, whew, all it takes is one playoff loss to Tebow and Co. and Pitt is dumping more dead weight than Terry Bradshaw on Nutra-System.   lol  Old age has been creeping up on 'em for a while as good as they draft, drafting in the lower end for the past decade maybe is catching up w/ em. Fine w/ me.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

A lot of changes, but I'm not surprised by any.  Frankly, I'm glad all of them were made, even if some of them were influenced by the salary cap.  And we have a bonus: the uninformed won't be blabbering this year about how the Steelers are old and slow ...



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

The Steelers don't rebuild, they reload! If you look at the past 20 years, no team has done a better job of knowing when to let somebody go. It's just too bad that so many long time favorites are leaving all at once.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

how much would the steelers save if they released rapistberger, then went after rg3?



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

shhh... if you listen closely you can hear joe flacco cracking open an ice cold beer



Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

steelers may have a few down years from time to time but they have a system in place and a great foundation...they always get rid of the player thats career is ending...they never spend crazy amounts of money on a free agent...they never stray from their way of thinking...they are alway competitive...and have a plan...unlike most teams...they think ahead...go STEELERS!!


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