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James Farrior, Steelers Discussing Farrior's Retirement

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior has been in talks with the team about his retirement after Farrior was released this offseason. Farrior's agent, Ralph Cindrich confirmed that in an interview with 93.7 The Fan, according to Steelers Depot.

The reason that Farrior is contemplating retirement is because he has received no other free agent offers from other teams since he was released by the Steelers.

After being signed by Pittsburgh after playing his first four seasons with the New York Jets, who drafted him No. 8 overall in 1998, he played nine seasons for the Steelers and was the unquestioned captain of the defensive unit. Twice he was named to the Pro Bowl as well as All-Pro teams in 2004 and 2008. In 2004 he was the runner-up to the Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed for Defensive Player of the Year.

Farrior joins former Steelers Hines Ward and Aaron Smith as players who retired after being released by Pittsburgh.

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