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Insider Only NFL: Farrior’s agent not confident in Steelers retaining veteran linebacker

STEELERS HAVEN’T APPROACHED FARRIOR ABOUT PAYCUT OR RESTRUCTURING
The vibe coming from Ralph Cindrich the agent for James Farrior are the same vibes (team doesn’t want him back) that were coming out of Hines Ward’s camp prior to Ward being informed yesterday that the team is releasing him.
“They need the cap room, ” Cindrich told Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com this morning via email, who unlike Ward’s camp seems to believe the cap is playing a big factor in Farrior’s future with the team.

“Percentages are not for them being able to keep him, ” Cindrich added.
The 37 year old is scheduled to earn $2.85 million per season in 2012 and carries a cap hit of $3.85 million.
The Steelers have yet to approach Farrior about restructuring and all indications are Farrior has no interest in taking a paycut.
Cindrich confirmed to us no discussions regarding a paycut or restructuring has taken place as of this morning.
The Steelers coaching staff no longer believes Farrior is an every down player but the team is thin at inside linebacker and Farrior returning can’t be ruled out.
Backup linebacker Larry Foote turns 32 in June and is scheduled to earn $3 million in 2012, carrying a $3.6 million cap hit. His future is also up in the air but is five years younger than Farrior and can play special teams.
The Steelers are high on Stevenson Sylvester who will be entering his third NFL season.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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