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.

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