Agent: No Question James Farrior Wants To Play Next Year

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.

  • Steeler Stan

    I’m going to hate it when we cut Farrior and Hines. I don’t think there’s any choice but to do it though.

  • Steelersownage

    Agreed, at this point Farrior is nothing more then an average run stopper and a liability in pass defense.

  • We already know that that Farrior is a butt man. He chose tails at the coin toss.

  • LJ

    not only he chose tails as butt man, when in pass coverage, all Farrior’s doing is chasing butts. Have you ever seen Farrior BROKE UP a pass play?. He makes tackles only after the catch is completed. passed his prime.

  • diehardsteelerfan

    Too old, slow, gotta go. We need an infusion of youth on defense.

  • AndyR34

    Um-m-m…is English a second language? If you are going to be critical of others, try not to leave yourself open to criticism…especially with the written word. I think you meant to say , have you ever seen Farrior BREAK UP a pass play? (no period) He makes takles only after the catch is completed. He is PAST his prime.

    I would ask, how many LB’s do you see breaking up pass plays when in coverage? Darn few and in addition the Steelers seldom play man coverage with LB’s. They are more often playing a zone.

  • Frederico

    There’s no rationale for keeping Farrior, even if (theoretically) he would play for the league minimum. The guy was a great Steeler and probably just below HoF-level for his career, but time marches on.

  • Wdmason