Agent For James Farrior Hints That Steelers Will Likely Release His Client

On Wednesday it was announced that 14 year veteran wide receiver Hines Ward would not be back with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 and it seems that inside linebacker James Farrior is certainly headed for the same fate. Farrior\’s agent Ralph Cindrich tweeted Thursday morning, “Percentages are not w/ #Steelers keeping @JamesFarrior. He wanted to retire a PS but he is healthy & ready-wants to play. Good morning!”

The news comes as no surprise that Farrior, a 15 year veteran, could be set free by the time that the Steelers need to be cap compliant. Farrior, who is entering his final year under contract, is scheduled to count $3.825 million against the 2012 salary cap and his release would free up $2.825 million in cap space for the Steelers.

Farrior was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft and played his first 5 seasons in New York. The Jets allowed him to walk after his contract was up and the Steelers signed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. He has registered 1415 career regular season tackles and credited with 35.5 sacks.

  • Joe D

    2012 is a reloading/rebuilding year…
    It’s the youth movement that needed to start last year…
    Farrior and Kemo are gone… Farrior to old/slow… Kemo to expensive to backup duty.

  • greeny

    I just got blasted in the other forum for saying this. We are the oldest team in the league with the worst cap trouble. I agree Joe D. Hampton on 3rd acl surgery is a huge risk too.

  • smilinjoe

    The next two years are going to be very important in re-stocking this team. Time to let the youngsters take the field and prove they deserve to be there.

  • Eric87

    Farrior has lost a step, but also one of the best Steelers players of last decade and I would put him up there on the all-time steeler list as well. He was a great leader and captain.

  • PoKey21

    If True, congrats to Larry Foote on his new contract.

  • Stan

    I think this was the right decision. Farrior’s game was all about speed and it was painful to see him try to out and cover last year. Like Ward he’s done and if he thinks other NFL teams are going to line up to offer him then he’s dreaming.

    Too bad. I really respect the heck out of both guys but when you’re done you have to realize it. I suppose it speaks to the character of both men that they want to go down fighting.

  • Stan

    I think you forget how much the team likes Stephenson Sylvester. Foote has 2 more years on his deal and is going to be grooming Sylvester.

  • Adam

    If indeed this is true, Thank you James Farrior. You were the best UFA brought in from another team. Your on field contributions and leadership will not be forgotten.