In tonight's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at linebacker James Farrior possibly returning to the Steelers to retire, another Bengals player with legal issues, and former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis filing for bankruptcy.
We're saying goodbye to a couple of long-time Steelers this offseason. First, it was Hines Ward. Now, it looks like linebacker James Farrior is next. Farrior played for the Steelers from 2002-2011, but he was not re-signed this offseason. Now, he's looking to return to Pittsburgh to retire, according to reports:
Ralph Cindrich, the agent of former Steelers LB James Farrior, said his free agent client is in discussion right now with the Pittsburgh Steelers about retirement.
It's just unfathomable how you can read about players with legal issues being on the Bengals' roster each and every week:
Despite today's news that undrafted free agent Brandon Joiner has been sentenced to three years in prison for a robbery that occurred in 2007, the Bengals have announced that they will retain his rights, per Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Joiner's contract runs through the 2014 season, per NFLPA files.
Granted, this won't have any impact on the Bengals' chances next season, but still.
Since he is an alumni of the Browns too, I guess you could say this is relevant to Cleveland fans as well:
Former Baltimore RB, Jamal Lewis, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. He is currently self-employed and makes $35,000 a month. The 32-year-old has over $14-million in assets, but owes about $10.5-million in taxes.
Jamal's got five homes, a bunch of expensive cars, a $500,000 401(k), and 50% ownership in Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark in Columbus, OH (worth about $6 mil).
It's always a little fun to see how NFL players have spent their money. This doesn't mean that Lewis is broke, but will go through a reorganization of his assets.