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Steelers veterans looking for work

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-- The Steelers officially released Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior and Chris Kemoeatu, and one agent already was busy trying to place his client.

"We're talking to three teams, actually," said Ken Vierra, Kemoeatu's agent.

Smith will retire, but the other three have either said or their agents have said they want to play in 2012.

Coach Mike Tomlin called the release of Ward, Smith and Farrior "just the realities of the business."

"I think the way a guy like Jerome Bettis retired is a fairy tale. It doesn't happen," Tomlin said.

-- The Steelers raised ticket prices for 2012, as they have done every other year for a very long time. The raises ranged from about three percent to just over seven percent.

"Our prices in past seasons were at or below the NFL average and we needed to make an increase in our pricing in order to remain competitive," read a statement released by Burt Lauten, the team's communications coordinator. "Even with the price increase, our tickets still represent one of the best entertainment values in all of team sports. We traditionally have increased our ticket prices every two seasons and our last price increase was before the 2010 season."

"Go somewhere else? No, no; I played 13 years here. It would ruin it." -- DE Aaron Smith, on chances he would try to hook on elsewhere.

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