Agent: Steelers cutting James Farrior
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NFL reporter
Posted Mar 2, 2012
Aaron Wilson

The Pittsburgh Steelers are cutting veteran middle linebacker James Farrior, according to his agent, Ralph Cindrich. "James Farrior has been a rock for the Steelers, but the Turk takes no prisoners," Cindrich wrote on his Twitter account. "He's gone. A not so good morning from Cali."

Farrior, 37, recorded 78 tackles and two sacks last season for the Steelers.

A former New York Jets first-round draft pick, Farrior flourished with the Steelers. He finished second in 2004 behind Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed in the balloting for NFL Defensive Player of the Year as he posted four interceptions and 94 tackles with three sacks.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Farrior was a team captain who was due $2.82 million in the final season of his contract. The pending roster cut saves the Steelers $2.825 million against the salary cap.

Four years ago, Farrior signed a five-year, $18.25 million contract that included a $5 million signing bonus.

For his career, Farrior has recorded 1,220 tackles, 35 1/2 sacks, 11 interceptions and 15 forced fumbles.

The Steelers are also releasing wide receiver Hines Ward, defensive end Aaron Smith and offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu.

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