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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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Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:08 pm
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Cap forced this choice, but it's the right choice.  The most likely scenario is getting Stevenson Sylvester ready to play full time, mentored by Foote.  There's now plenty of room - about 14 million - to sign Wallace, and the rookie salary cap is going to mean that signing the draft choices isn't going to be that difficult.  Probably only one high pick on the offensive side of the ball - a guard to take Kemoeatu's place, or at least understudy to Legursky for a year.  All the other high picks on the defensive side, though a 6th round pick on a receiver or #3 QB is possible.  So it might look like this:  #1 Offensive Guard or Nose Tackle - NT if Poe is available; #2 Offensive Guard or Nose Tackle; #3 - #5 Linebackers and Defensive Backs; #6 - the fifth wide receiver (assumes that Wallace and Cotchery are retained); #7 - developmental player, either QB or Defensive End.  Running back, in case Mendenhall cannot come back on time, can either be a undrafted free agent or a low-cost pick from free agent.  Redman looked good, and Baron Batch is coming back, as is Dwyer and John Clay.  Not to worry about the cap, either - it's supposed to shoot up by about $30 million in 2014.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:55 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

I think the Steelers should trade up on draft day to get a Claiborne(CB) or a good LB that could be the future anchor of that defense. 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:53 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

You have to hand it to the great Steeler players that have done so well for so long, but the truth is this last year showed that a change is needed.  Kudos to the Steeler organization for having the guts to do what is necessary to keep their team competitive.  Good to see they aren't the Portland Trailblazers(Greg Oden) of the NFL!



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:42 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Another Great one is gone!  Thanks for the years of great football.  I don't think I will even recognize the team when they take the field next year.  Steelers now have a heck of a lot of holes to fill.



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:28 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Another great steeler who's time has come to hang up the cleats. Thanks Farrior for all the great memories. GO STEELERS!!!!



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:19 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

hey "whodat" your team name doesnt belong on the same page as the steelers or the same field--no worries to all you whodat bandwagoners--you all will be sporting bags over your head soon enough either when breezey boy takes up all the dough and screws the other free agents or he leaves altogether. either way the aints will always be about one cut above the other who dey fellas



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:12 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Great player who walks off with a few rings.  We have a few replacements that might work on the roster.  No worries.


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Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:08 am
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:04 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Won't be Troy, but I could see Hampton......thought I had a clue what they might draft but now I have no idea whatsoever.  There seem to be a lot of spots opening up on the Black 'n Gold



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:56 am
 

Farrior's time with Steelers comes to a close

Another one bites the dust. Who's next. Foote, Polamlu or Hampton?


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