The Pittsburgh Steelers season came to an end Sunday in Denver and now all of the attention turns to the 2012 season, especially as it relates to veteran players on the roster and salary cap concerns as well.
One player that will be talked about all offseason is veteran inside linebacker James Farrior. Farrior just finished his 15th season in the NFL and his 10th in a Steelers uniform and there is some speculation that he could possibly retire or end up being a salary cap casualty.
I talked to Farrior\’s agent today, Ralph Cindrich, and asked him if Farrior intends to return for 2012, his final year under contract, and Cindrich said, “Oh yeah, I don\’t think there is any question.” I then asked him if knew if there had been any talks with the Steelers yet in regards to his contract or status and Cindrich told me, “No, I have no clue. Right now the loss just came about and give them a chance to catch their breath, get a survey of the land and I am sure they don\’t know right now as the season just ended.”
Farrior is scheduled to count roughly $3.825 million against the 2012 salary cap in his final year and the defensive captain is not believed to have a roster bonus due in the spring. His primary backup at inside linebacker, Larry Foote, is scheduled to count roughly $3.6 million in 2012 and he too has been a name that has been speculated as a possible cap casualty.
Farrior played in 14 regular season games for the Steelers this past season and finished 4th on the team in tackles with 78 and registered 2 sacks in addition. He turned 37 years of age on January 6th.