Steelers' James Farrior Considering Retirement

PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 15: Linebacker James Farrior #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Ravens 31-24 in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15 2011 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Long-time Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior could be thinking about retirement.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior has been a staple in the Steelers' dominating defense the past decade, starting for the team since 2002 after coming over from the New York Jets. Farrior finished up the 2012 season playing just 14 games, notching 78 tackles and two sack.

Farrior could be looking at retirement, however, according to Chuck Finder.

Agent Ralph Cindrich told KDKA-FM over the holiday weekend that client James Farrior, for a decade the Steelers' defensive captain and ILB, hasn't fully decided if he'll retire. But they have talked with the Steelers about a potential news conference.

If Farrior retired, he would join long-time Steeler Aaron Smith as the Steelers begin to transition to the younger players they have drafted over the past few seasons from the older veterans who have comprised one of the best defenses in the past 10 years in the NFL.

For more on the Pittsburgh Steelers and James Farrior, visit SB Nation's Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain or SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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