Agent: James Farrior In Talks With Steelers About Retirement

Pittsburgh agent Ralph Cindrich, who represents former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior, said on Friday in an interview with 93.7 The Fan that his client is in discussions right now with the Steelers about his retirement.

Farrior is currently a free agent following his release from the Steelers this off-season and he appears not to have received any real offers to play elsewhere.

Farrior had a great run with the Steelers from 2002-11 after being signed as an unrestricted free agent. He earned both a Pro Bowl nomination and All-Pro selections in 2004 and 2008. In 2004 Farrior was runner-up to Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed for Defensive Player of the Year award.

Farrior was originally drafted by the New York Jets with the 8th overall selection in the first round of the 1998 draft and played outside linebacker during his time their. He was allowed to test free agency after his rookie contract expired and was signed by the Steelers to assume the inside linebacker hole in the 3-4 defense. Farrior ultimately became the unquestioned captain and leader on the Steelers defense for the last decade.

Hines Ward and Aaron Smith, who were also released at the same time that Farrior was, have both already retired. Chris Hoke also has retired after his contract was up following the 2011 season.

  • Jprankster2005

    I figured Farrior wouldn’t really get any attention in Free Agency…… He’s old….. It’s time to hang up the boots…… And it’s great that we have him Retiring a Steeler……. Farrior,Smith and Hoke played big parts in Pittsburgh success but will never be Hall of Famers….. It’s just good that the steelers reconize these guys and have them retire a Steeler….. Now Hines is a HOF…… And will go down as the best reciever in Pittsburgh history……

  • SteelersBall

    What is there to talk about? Is there some sort of negotiation? For $?

  • SteelersDepot

    Probably when to do it.

  • SanDeeM1

    Always enjoyed seeing him play. Very glad that he will retire as a Steeler. Great player and a great guy. Best wishes in all future endeavors!