Found March 01, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
Out with the old and in with the new, we presume.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are not only releasing the franchise’s all-time leading receiver Hines Ward, but also look to cut veteran linebacker James Farrior and aren’t expected to franchise tag star receiver Mike Wallace, either. “It’s not a done deal, but the percentages just aren’t there,” Ralph Cindrich tells Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. James Farrior, 37, is due a base salary of $2.85 million next season, which is the final year of his contract.  The Steelers could reduce his salary to $925,000—assuming Farrior’s willing to take a hometown discount.  The team could also release him and then re-sign him to a one-year, $925,000 contract that amounts to only $540,000 against the salary cap. “James wants to play and wants to play with the Steelers,” Cindrich said.  “The question is, do they have room for him?” Last week it was a safe bet that Wallace was going to stick around in the Steel City.  Now, it’s safe t

Agent For James Farrior Hints That Steelers Will Likely Release His Client

On Wednesday it was announced that 14 year veteran wide receiver Hines Ward would not be back with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 and it seems that inside linebacker James Farrior is certainly headed for the same fate. Farrior's agent Ralph Cindrich tweeted Thursday morning, "Percentages are not w/ #Steelers keeping @JamesFarrior. He wanted to retire a PS but he is healthy...

Why The Buffalo Bills Want Hines Ward

Let me be the first to say it... Buffalo should take him. Hines Ward was supposed to retire in a Steelers uniform. Just two seasons ago, his contract was restructured to go through 2013, he had already logged 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, where he had been drafted to start his NFL career, and had been essential in winning two Super Bowls for the franchise. For the love of Lombardi...

Steelers believe Hines Ward can’t play anymore

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers never asked Hines Ward to take a pay cut because the coaches simply believe he can’t play anymore.  Even if he’d play for free, they wouldn’t keep him around. Ward made it clear in a statement released by his agent that he believes he can still play in the NFL. “This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of...

Steelers announce they’ll part ways with Hines Ward

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced today that they will be releasing Long-Time WR Hines Ward before the beginning of the next league year (March 13th). Steelers president Art Rooney II announced today “We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year.” Ward was drafted...

Steelers To Release Hines Ward: End Of An Era

I appears that Hines Ward's 14-year run with the Steelers is coming to an end soon. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports "The Steelers will release WR Hines Ward".  What made the Steelers come to the conclusion of releasing Ward? Hines Ward on a different team is almost harder to imagine than Peyton Manning on the Dolphins.  Ward was a hoss at receiver during his prime...

Steelers Won't Use Franchise Tag On Mike Wallace

It was widely speculated that the Pittsburgh Steelers would use their franchise tag on receiver Mike Wallace. The Steelers have confirmed that they do not intend on doing this and will instead tender the restricted free-agent. The problem with this is that another team will have the opportunity to make the receiver offers. The Steelers will of course have the opportunity to match...

Steelers will release WR Hines Ward

Steelers will release WR Hines Ward A four-time Pro Bowl selection, who holds franchise records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Ward, 35, has spent all of his 14 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Ward will finish his Steelers career with 1,000 catches, 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns. A first-round pick out of Georgia...

Steelers will release WR Hines Ward (Yahoo! Sports)

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Steelers will release wide receiver Hines Ward.

Steelers To Release Hines Ward

I gotta say I’m not surprised by this and in fact I have been more than prepared for it. Today the Steelers announced they will be cutting Hines Ward. It’s probably the right move because he has slowed down.  The Steelers have big cap problems and things like this need to be done to ensure [...]

Pittsburgh Steelers will release Hines Ward

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Steelers will release WR Hines Ward

The Steelers will a statement on the team's website. "Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998 and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve."

NFL News: Steelers cut James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Chris Kemoeatu

The Pittsburgh Steelers that Browns fans have come to despise as a rival will undoubtedly look different next year. After parting company with long-time receiver Hines Ward earlier, now the Steelers have cut bait with 10-year linebacker James Farrior. It only makes sense for the Steelers to get younger and Farrior was due just over $2.8 million in 2012. In addition to Farrior and...

Pittsburgh Steelers will release veteran wide receiver Hines Ward

Brought to you by: Cincy Jungle The smile that made Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward (in)famous is surely subdued today. Michael David Smith of writes that the team has announced that they will release the 15-year veteran. This move really comes as no surprise, given the Steelers' salary cap quandary and the recent emergence of wide receivers...
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