View Full Version : Farrior Wants to finish Career in Pittsburgh

07-19-2008, 04:21 PM

Starting inside linebacker James Farrior (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3938/), 33, wants to finish his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/pit/) — even if it means he has a reduced role in the years to come.

"They're always going to have somebody try and replace you," said Farrior, who has led the team in tackles in four of the previous five seasons. "That's always in the back of your mind."
Farrior, who has missed just eight games in 11 years, has been with the Steelers since 2002, when he was signed away from the Jets as a free agent to replace Earl Holmes. The team's oldest starter, Farrior is entering the final year of a $16.4 million contract extension he signed in 2004. And while Farrior remains optimistic about a new deal, he is realistic enough to understand that the Steelers' track record for re-signing veterans over 30 isn't good

:cope: :helmet: If he takes a cut salary to stay, I say why not keep his leadership on the roster, plus unless he has a horrible season this year, which I highly doubt he can still play to a respectable level :redcool:

07-19-2008, 04:31 PM
I hope Farrior and Hines retire in Pittsburgh. Hines is teaching the young WR. James is teaching the young ILB. It would be smart to keep the two.

07-19-2008, 07:10 PM
:pray: That his play doesn't fall off this year,which it shouldn't !

Would love to see him stay a STEELER~~~~ :bigthumb:

07-19-2008, 07:50 PM
We actually have a few young guys behind him who may be able to replace him quite capably. But he provides good leadership and is still doing remarkably well at this point, so he is still rather valuable.

07-19-2008, 10:40 PM
I guess he's worth a little more than the veteran minimum. Farrior is pretty good.

07-20-2008, 01:49 AM
Farrior is the leader on defense and playing as good as ever. He's a solid tackler, a good veteran presence in the locker room and on the field. As long as he doesn't want the team to break the bank to keep them then sign him to a 2 yr deal and let him stay on to help the young guys until somebody outright takes his job away. This year will tell us a lot about his future after the 2008 campaign.

K Train
07-20-2008, 02:04 AM
his ability to play all 4 spots at a high level and his understanding of the defense is whats gonna keep him on the team...hes not joey porter, hes not looking for money at this point hes gotten paid pretty well thoughout his career and isnt looking to start over....he'll stay on this team, and i bet hes on the team longer than foote

07-20-2008, 02:39 AM
i love farrior lol, he is making a push to being my favorite player, he ain't flashy or anything, but just the fact that he's always willing to restructure his deal, well i don't know about always, but he did it a couple of years ago, and now he is willing to probably take less money and less playing time just to stay in pitt........ i wish more players were like that

Black@Gold Forever32
07-20-2008, 02:42 AM
As long as James produces then I have no problem with him being resigned....Even if he is getting older.....I hope he is resigned.....

07-20-2008, 03:06 AM
I love Farrior. Like you said Koopa he isn't flashy, but he is good at what he does. A real team player.

07-21-2008, 10:56 AM
Look at how effective Bruschi and Seau have been playing ILB over 30. I think Bruschi is 34 or 35 and Seau must be about 57 by now. They are pretty unique, but they prove that smart players can still be very effective inside. I don't remember Farrior having any injuries (knock on wood). This may be a good time for an exception to our policy of watching 30 somethings walk - if he really will take a less-than-market number.

08-14-2008, 05:57 AM

Thursday, August 14, 2008

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Defensive captain James Farrior is 33 and the oldest member of the Steelers' defense but he continues to play every snap at a high level while drawing extra energy from the young linebackers.The Steelers welcomed some of their old linebackers to training camp this summer. There was Kevin Greene, Jason Gildon ... and James Farrior.

The retired Greene and Gildon each spent a week to help coach. Farrior spent the entire time trying to help the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense in 2007 improve. At 33, he's the oldest starter on that defense and shows no signs that he is on the far side of his football career.

"My body feels good, I feel like I'm in great shape, and feel like I have a lot left in the tank," Farrior said as the defensive captain prepares to take his unit onto the field for the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills tonight in Toronto

He reported to camp several pounds lighter at 227 and ready to do the job he has done since his arrival as a free agent from the New York Jets in 2002. He plays every snap, calls out defenses to his teammates, and still makes the big plays and routine ones.

Last season, Farrior was second on the team with six sacks at a position that does not lend itself to many. It was a career high, two more than his previous career high of four in 2006. He also was second on the defense with 24 quarterback pressures in 2007. He has led them in tackles four of the past five seasons and led them with nine in the playoff loss to Jacksonville, when he also intercepted a pass.

The Steelers are experiencing a youth movement at linebacker with the infusion of second-year men

LaMarr Woodley on the outside and Lawrence Timmons pressing Larry Foote on the inside, but neither was placed at Farrior's spot.

"I think he plays better every year," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "I don't know if there's anyone else who can get us together like he can."

Each defense, for the first time under a new NFL rule this year, can select a player who will wear a helmet with a radio receiver in it to hear calls from the coaches. Defenses want that helmet to go to someone who stays on the field. The Steelers chose Farrior.

Slowing down in his 12th NFL season?

"I don't see it," said Foote, who has started next to him on the inside the past four seasons. "He's the old vet, he's somebody you come to, and every team needs a guy like that. He's a guy everybody looks to. He means a lot. Everybody likes him. He's a good fit for the team."

Farrior, entering his final contract year, figures he can play another four seasons and wants to retire with the Steelers. If they don't sign him to an extension before the season begins, he said he wants to re-sign with them before he can become a free agent.

He also believes the team's linebacking corps will be rejuvenated by the additions of Woodley, Timmons and rookie outside linebacker Bruce Davis.

"I love it," Farrior said. "Those guys give me a lot of energy and keep me motivated. They're young guys, learning the system, and they're doing good right now. They're going to help us out."

On Timmons, who is part of the nickel defense: "He's doing a great job. He can play any position, really, he can play all of them. He's an excellent athlete. It's just a matter of him learning the system. Once he gets it down, he's going to be good player.

On Woodley: "I'm looking forward to that one. LaMarr's doing real well in this training camp. It seems like he really understands it a lot better than he did last year. You can tell by his confidence and the way he plays."

And on James Harrison, who became team MVP and a Pro Bowler in his first season as a starter replacing Joey Porter: "We can do a whole lot of stuff with James. He's a monster.

"We have a good group. I love this group. It's one of our better groups. We might not have the big names that we used to have, but I think we work well together."

One big name remains: James Farrior.

Farrior remains one of the best FA pickups of the Cowher era; if not the best FA pickup. He's a guy that can sometimes go un-noticed amid all the hype of more flashy or well known players like Harrison, Polamalu, Hampton, Smith, etc but the guy just flat out gets it done.

JB 67
08-14-2008, 10:51 AM
I agree i have never liked the Steelers philosophy of not asking Veterans to take pay cuts, if he is willing to sign for less I'm all for it.

08-14-2008, 06:25 PM
You`ve got to love a defense with both experience at LB in guys like Farrior, Foote and why not Harrison.... and all the youth and energy that Woodley and Timmons will give.
I say resign Farrior.... of course he would have to take a pay cut... but i guess he will take it with no problem.
Come on... this guys earn more in a month that i will in my whole life... i can`t understand how some of this guys that have been such a long time on a team won`t take a paycut to stay.