Steelers To Release James Farrior

The Pittsburgh Steelers have informed veteran linebacker James Farrior that he will be released. Farrior played in a 154 regular season games for the Steelers after arriving as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. During his time as a Steeler he racked up 1,078 regular season tackles to go along with 30 sacks. Farrior was also the defensive captain for several seasons.

Farrior was about to enter his final year of his contract and was scheduled to count $3.825 million against the 2012 cap. His release clears $2.825 million of cap space.

Farrior was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft and played outside linebacker. He started just 43 regular season games for the Jets in his first 5 seasons in the league and the Jets allowed him to leave via free agency following the 2001 season. The Steelers moved him to inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense and Farrior excelled there. During his career as a Steeler he was a two-time Pro Bowler.

  • lonleylibertarian


    Could you give us an analysis of what letting Mendenhall go would mean – is there a significant cap savings to be had? I believe an injury settlement would hit the cap this year if it happens before June – next year if it happens after. Just do not see him being able to make a contribution this year – and he is a free agent at the end of the season I believe

  • Joe D

    Farrior, Ward, Smith needed to do the right thing and RETIRE…

    Nobody thought they would play out their contracts when they were put in place. It was done that way to spread out signing bonus, etc over more years!
    It’s a business…
    needed to get done!!

    The only question remaining is Hampton… they still have time to decide that one…
    I would cut him… How can you justify using up 4.9 million in cap space for someone who may only be able to play 8 games at the most!!

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  • PoKey21

    Agree with you 100% all of these moves were the Right choice. We have freed up a ton of space. Hampton is the only one left on the bubble. I think after ham anything else will be a shocker. Maybe Mendy, but personally I think they both should go.

  • Scatter77

    1st round pedigree with 4th round production. The Steelers can get what Mendy produces far more cheaply than what will be required to re-sign him. I don’t know how many times I’ve screamed at the TV set “HIT THE DAMN HOLE” while he looks like he’s auditioning for “Dancing With The Stars”. He’s a tenuous runner who possesses the physical attributes to be a beast (but who refuses to use those attributes except occasionally), with questionable vision and ball skills.

  • Stan

    I hope Hampton is planning on being in the shape of his life come training camp. He’s going to be cut in a millisecond if he’s fat.

    Its tough for players to know when they’re done but it was tough to watch Ward and Farrior last year since both guys were so clearly finished- and I don’t think anyone would feel good about holding a starting spot for Smith either.

  • Dave

    I remember when the Steelers signed Farrior. Earl Holmes was a free agent, he ended up signing with the Browns. I remember discussions on Steeler boards that the Steelers should have kept Holmes – looks like, once again, the Steelers made the right call….!

    As for Hampton – the injury settlement issue is a factor, I think. Like Joe D said below, they still have time to decide. They may still cut him sometime this summer to make cap space to sign the draft class. I don’t see them releasing Mendenhall, just my opinion.