Reports Steelers Release James Farrior

After ten years, 154 games, 1086 tackles, 30 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 8 interceptions, 2 pro bowls, and 2 super bowl titles James Farrior’s career with the Steelers has come to an end. Farrior’s agent is reporting that the Steelers have told him they plan releasing the veteran linebacker. The move marks another player cut the Steelers have done to get under the salary cap. Other players released this week Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, and Chris Kemoeatu.

James played 5 years with the New York Jets before becoming a Steeler. The Jets made Farrior the 8th pick in the 1997 NFL draft.  Farrior split time with Larry Foote in 2011. But some expected this move because of Farrior’s age. The Steeler defense has become one of the oldest units in the league. More fan favorites could be cut by the start of the new league year for the Steelers to get under the cap.

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  • DrGeorge

    It is a credit to Farrior that he was able to play so well for so long. He will be sorely missed, especially for his leadership.

    This cut was expected because of his age; however, it was also dictated by the changed rules of the NFL. An ILB must be able to cover the Gronkowskis of the world man-on-man these days. Farrior probably couldn’t have done that even when he was young. The game has changed that dramatically since he was a first round pick. Farrior was one of the best of the hard-nosed, run stopping, old style linebackers. But the emphasis today is on speed.

  • Another great warrior leaves us thanks James for all grid & tougness over the years!!!

  • Love ward smith and farrior thanks 4 all the great years you all will b missed. Now sign wallace please and draft poe from menphis

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