Steelers LB James Farrior said earlier in the offseason that he wanted to finish his career with the Steelers, and today he will get his wish. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Farrior and the team have come to terms on a five-year extension worth a reported $18.25 million.
Farrior’s deal was set to expire at the end of this season, and now his new deal will take him through the 2012 season. He also will get a $5 million signing bonus, and will get slightly less than $10 million over the first two years and $12.6 million over the first three years.
The LB played for the New York Jets before joining the Steelers as a free agent in 2002. He was a Steelers’ defensive co-captain in 2004 when he made his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Last season in 16 games with the club he had 96 total tackles and 6.5 sacks. He has been a steadying force on the team in his time there, and clearly the team did not want to lose his services after the season.