Because according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, Worilds has already signed his transition tag offer of $9.754 million.
That locks him into the Steelers, and keeps him from pursuing a better offer in the marketplace, which the Steelers would have had the opportunity to match.
It also signals that he must think the appropriate deal is coming from the Steelers, and he won’t have to go anywhere else for his long-term deal, as they need the cap space.
But other than the security of guaranteeing more than double his previous career earnings ($3.7 million in four years), it’s hard to see the benefit of signing immediately.
He shouldn’t have waited long, because the Steelers still have LaMarr Woodley (for now), and could have rescinded Worilds’ tag after the money was spent early in free agency.
But we’re with the boss on this one (blatant sucking up), signing before teams even have the chance to legally tamper seems premature on his part.