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!”
— Ralph Cindrich (@RalphCindrich) March 1, 2012
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.