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Steelers Continue Roster Purge: James Farrior Cut


 

UPDATE: 12:42

According to James Farrior’s agent, the Stellers have cut the 37-year old ILB, saving the team$2.825 million.

 

 

The Steelers are making a massive roster purge, and several prominent veterans were released yesterday:

Aaron Smith was scheduled to make a $2.1 million in base salary in 2012, but was cut yesterday. He’s spent the past several seasons on the injured reserve list. In the past three seasons, he hasn’t played in more than six games and ended up on IR due to various injuries.

The team has also cut guard Chris Kemoeatu. His release will save the Steelers $5.2 million
Now NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports the team plans to cut either ILB James Farrior, or ILB Larry Foote. Farrior is a 15th-year ILB who is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.825 million when the 2012 season begins. The Steelers are desperately trying to free up cap space to re-sign free agent WR Mike Wallace, and Farrior’s agent believes his client is next on the Steelers’ chopping block. He just turned 37 in April. Foote is set to make $3.6 million this year, but is only 31, so he still has plenty of football left in him.

 

Ravens Begin their Roster Purge

The Baltimore Ravens are set to release three players, including WR Lee Evans, CB Chris Carr, and CB Dominique Foxworth. Evans was never fully healthy last year, and was ineffective when he did get onto the field. Foxworth and Carr were also both hampered by injuries. Depending on how free agency and the NFL Draft shapes out, the Bengals may take a flyer on Carr or Foxworth before training camp starts.

 

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