Steelers sign Farrior through 2012
Linebacker James Farrior has agreed to a new five-year contract worth $18.2 million that will allow him to finish his career with the Steelers.
Farrior, 33, will receive a $5 million signing bonus and is scheduled to receive a base salary of $1.8 million in 2008, $2.975 million in 2009 and $2.825 million in 2010, making the deal worth $12.6 million over the first three years.
Farrior, the Steelers oldest starter, was originally scheduled to receive a $3.24 million base salary in 2008 but re-worked his salary as part of the new deal.
Pittsburgh-based agent Ralph Cindrich said Farrior told him he only wanted to play for the Steelers.
"I think James made it plain money wasn't the issue with the Steelers. He wanted to be treated fair, and he was," Cindrich said.
Cindrich said the Steelers had led Farrior, who paced the team with 111 tackles and had a career-high six sacks in 2007, to believe early in negotiations that a deal wouldn't be reached.
"They made it very un-optimistic, if you will, starting out. They said they didn't see anything getting done," Cindrich said. "I let James know and he said whenever you can do it, I'm open to it. If it's after the season, let me know. I want to play here."
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