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1997: JAMES FARRIOR, Linebacker, Virginia Drafted: First round,

1997: JAMES FARRIOR, Linebacker, Virginia
Drafted: First round, No. 8 overall
Three head coaches in his five seasons in New York may have contributed just a smidge to Farrior's development and starter-backup-starter cycle. In 2001, his best season with the Jets under coach Herm Edwards, Farrior had 142 tackles, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. Then what happened? The Jets didn't re-sign him, he goes to Pittsburgh and wins two Super Bowls. As good as Farrior is now, his Jets career was not as inspiring.
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Credit: AP

The Steelers continue to release aging, expensive players. 

In the wake of their release of all-time leading receiver Hines Ward on Sunday, Pittsburgh has parted ways with long-time inside linebacker James Farrior, who helped the team win two Super Bowl titles as one of the most reliable tacklers in the league. The move was confirmed by Farrior's agent, Ralph Cindrich, on Twitter. 

Also gone this week in a salary cap purge: defensive end Aaron Smith and guard Chris Kemoeatu. 

Farrior was a first-round pick (eighth overall) of the Jets in 1997, but didn't develop into a Pro Bowl caliber talent until the Jets opted not to re-sign him after the 2001 season. He joined Pittsburgh and soon emerged into one of the most effective inside linebackers in the game. 


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