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Report: Steelers on verge of cutting James Harrison

Moments after pointing out that, when it comes the Steelers’ desire to reduce the cap number of linebacker James Harrison, it’s not as easy as it was with other Pittsburgh players, a report emerged demonstrating just how hard it can be. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Steelers are on the verge of…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

Bills avoided $4 million by cutting Merriman

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The Buffalo Bills, as it turns out, had four million reasons to not keep linebacker Shawne Merriman. Merriman was due to make a base salary of $ 4 million in 2012, which would have become guaranteed as a practical matter if he’d been on the Week One roster.  ($ 3 million of it already was guaranteed for…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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Steelers cutting LB James Farrior, DE Aaron Smith

The Pittsburgh Steelers will release veteran linebacker James Farrior and defensive end Aaron Smith, the latest in a series of roster moves meant to address the team’s salary cap issues and aging defense.

Team president Art Rooney II announced Friday the team will cut Farrior and Smith before the league’s new calendar year begins March 13. The Steelers announced earlier this week they also will release wide receiver Hines Ward.

Farrior and Smith served as the backbone of a defense that led the team to two Super Bowl victories and three AFC titles over the last decade. The 37-year-old Farrior, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, had 78 tackles in 14 games last season.

Smith, who turns 36 next month, had 44 sacks during his 13-year career but struggled to stay healthy over the last few seasons.

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