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LaMarr Woodley’s future tied to Jason Worilds tag

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Yesterday’s surprise transition-tagging of Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds is going to force another team to negotiate a contract for him.

And that’s going to force LaMarr Woodley to wait to see what his future holds.

As mentioned by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the futures of the two outside linebackers are doubtless linked.

Given the Steelers’ always-snug cap position, Woodley and his $13.6 million cap number might have to go once they know the future of Worilds. They can match any offer he gets from another team, though they get no compensation if they don’t.

Worilds will get a $9.754 million deal under the terms of the transition tag.

If another team makes a bid for Worilds the Steelers don’t want to match, they’ll likely proceed with Jarvis Jones and Woodley. But if Worilds is more palatable cap-wise, it would make sense to let Woodley go for a younger, cheaper model (the way the Steelers have rolled outside linebackers through for decades).

Woodley has missed 14 games and parts of six others since signing his $61.5 million deal in 2011, so giving themselves options at the position is a smart play for the Steelers.

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  1. pdmjr says: Mar 4, 2014 8:02 AM

    Few teams will go after Worilds now, why do all the work when the Steelers will match. They have until July to get a deal done with Worilds if there are no bidders that Worilds will accept.

  2. dirtdawg54 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:16 AM

    There is an outside chance they still keep both. The Steelers were $10 million over the cap but they will save $6.5 by releasing Levi Brown (a given) and they got some money back by re-structuring Heath Miller’s contract (sounds like he took a pay cut). They will also release Ike Taylor or ask him to take a pay cut.

    An ideal scenario could be no one signs Worilds and they don’t sign him to a long-term deal. They keep him, Jones and Woodley and let 2014 play out. They then franchise Worilds or sign him to a long-term deal, releasing Woodley with huge cap savings (assuming Worilds plays well) or they keep Woodley if Worilds doesn’t play well. Or they release both if neither lives up to their contracts.

    It’s not quite the end of the world. The big challenge is the lack of depth on the outside and in the interior.

  3. ravanator says: Mar 4, 2014 8:55 AM

    Steelers have not had a HOF linebacker since the 70′s (when the whole defense was on steroids). Please stop giving them credit for being a team with a great linebacker tradition. Everyone knows the Ravens have the best linbackers in the league, and all other teams try to copy our success at the position.

    #raygodlewisfirstballot
    #tsizzlebestintheleague
    #ravensnationleader

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 4, 2014 8:55 AM

    Actually, his future has been tied to his play the last few years. Which, unfortunately for him and us fans, is why we’re even having the woodley-worilds conversation.

  5. steelerfanjo says: Mar 4, 2014 9:12 AM

    Woodley needs to go either way. His best days are behind him. He disappears for weeks at a time in-season. Once was a beast, not anymore. Worilds is not much better. Jones and Vince Williams are the future at LB for Steelers. We need CB’s who can cover and catch.

  6. ginojohn says: Mar 4, 2014 9:13 AM

    the Steelers may be better off cutting ties with both players?

  7. steelcityfinest13 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:16 AM

    I think we can get him to take a cut unlike Harrison and keep them both…I think that’s always been the goal…..I don’t know why!!!!

  8. stillers213 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:56 AM

    I have seen several comments recently regarding releasing Ike Taylor. There is no way that is going to happen this season. He is still our best option at CB and not to mention one of Rooney’s favorites. They will find a way to keep him.

    As far as Worilds, he outplayed Woodley by a huge margin last season. I would liked to have seen what he would have done if he had started on that side (his natural postion) earlier in his career. The only way they keep Woodley is if he takes a HUGE pay cut.

  9. stillers213 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:04 AM

    “the Steelers may be better off cutting ties with both players?”

    There is no way you let Worilds go when he is just hitting his stride. Unfortunately for him, he had to wait behind Harrison and an overpaid Woodley on the other side. Worilds knowledge of the D makes him all the more valuable. Anyway, FS is currently my biggest concern with Clark’s lack of help over the top.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 4, 2014 10:08 AM

    Woodley and Harrison together – dominating. Apart – average.

  11. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 4, 2014 10:11 AM

    worilds will get an offer and we wont match. thats why he got the transition instead of franchise tag. they gave another club a 2million dollar discount hoping that someone will snag him at the discounted rate. his days in the burgh are done. 2014 is woodleys last season too

  12. oopsileftthekitchen says: Mar 4, 2014 10:16 AM

    LaMarr Woodley had zero (0) tackles in a game last season. I just can’t get over that. How do you start and finish a game at OLB and not register one tackle or atleast half a sack. I never played the game of football but I’ve watched enough to know that this is borderline impossible. He seems like a nice guy and it seems as though he has used his money to do some good for people less fortunate but it might be time to take the Frozen route and “Let it go”. But then again, what do I know?

  13. dietrich43 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    Worilds hasn’t exactly been the model of health either. Woodley did perform, got paid, and has been injured since. Worilds came into the league, was injured, and did something last season – after filling in for an injured Woodley – and still missed some games with injury.

    I don’t see either one in the Steelers long term plans. Worilds may end up playing for them in 2014, and I think the best scenario is to keep Worilds and Woodley for the year, but I could see neither of them being around in 2015.

  14. steelerben says: Mar 4, 2014 10:32 AM

    Woodley’s production is on the downside because of his inability to stay healthy. Worilds is on the upswing. He has a good understanding of the defense and is younger.

    The Steelers do not traditionally keep linebackers with large pricetags and dwindling production. It makes sense to tag Worilds, as that has been as good as a “Do Not Touch” sign the past few seasons, at least enough so that certain internet hack writers have been calling it collusion.

    The defense needs to get younger, but isn’t going to do so all at once. Infusing some youth into the Secondary and D-Line through the draft is the best route to take in addition to keeping younger, up and coming players instead of veterans on the down slope.

  15. sbchampsagain says: Mar 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    Steelers have gone down hill since these two began playing together. From getting Tebowed in the playoffs to consecutive non-winning seasons.

    Time to show one (or both) the door.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:17 AM

    Jarvis Jones: One sack in 2013.
    What makes that alarming is that the stars of Dick LeBeau’s Steelers defenses have always been their linebackers.
    When Tomlin ousted Joey Porter a month into his tenure, he had James Harrison waiting in the wings. Harrison had been dominate in each of his previous opportunities as Porter’s replacement.
    I expect an aging Woodley and his huge salary to be shown the door. Problem is: the Steelers have no credible replacement — al a James Harrison — waiting in the wings.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 4, 2014 12:09 PM

    Jarvis Jones: One sack in 2013.
    What makes that alarming is that the stars of Dick LeBeau’s Steelers defenses have always been their linebackers.
    When Tomlin ousted Joey Porter a month into his tenure, he had James Harrison waiting in the wings. Harrison had been dominate in each of his previous opportunities as Porter’s replacement.
    I expect an aging Woodley and his huge salary to be shown the door. Problem is: the Steelers have no credible replacement — al a James Harrison — waiting in the wings.

    But aren’t you the poster advocating getting rid of your favor object to hate BIG BEN without an adequate replacement ready? Oh sage of the three rivers explain your contradiction or just ssshhh.

  18. gadgetking2010 says: Mar 4, 2014 4:39 PM

    what a bunch of uneducated posters here…

    Worilds accepted his one-year transition contract tender with the Steelers, locking him into them for at least the 2014 season so he is NO LONGER eligible to sign elsewhere in free agency.

  19. blackgoldba says: Mar 4, 2014 4:42 PM

    The talk of keeping both is nonsense. Woodley cap number is too high and one pro bowl in 2009 doesn’t justify it. Get rid of woodley get woilrds signed hope jones hits the weights. Need at least 2 corners move Ike to safety at a greatly reduced rate thomas next safety up sign a true no 1 corner draft another no 1 get a dl and ol man

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 4, 2014 4:53 PM

    I’m the poster who has advocates that Roethlisberger is not affordable. He’s going to want paid about $25 million per. Replacing a QB who averages about 21 TD passes a season seems doable.
    During this past season, Russell Wilson garnered a lot of attention for surpassing Roethlisberger as the NFL’s all-time “winningest” QB his first two seasons in the league. Here’s the rub: Wilson threw 52 TD passes to Roethlisberger’s meager 34 his first two seasons.
    Average QBs ought not be paid more than they are worth…

  21. stillers213 says: Mar 4, 2014 7:29 PM

    Bob – the league is quite different now than it was in Roth’s first 2 years. Also, there are many other factors such as your offensive scheme, what division you play in, and the philosophy of your coaching staff. One thing I do know is that young Ben was the main reason we made it through the playoffs on the road in ’04 – ’05. Before the playoffs began, the Steelers were primarily a running team. However, Whiz completely changed it up once the playoffs started and came out firing the ball. Ben answered the call and led them to the superbowl that year. I can’t stand judging players by stats!

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 12:59 AM

    Forget the stats – 3 minutes left needing a score, there still isn’t a QB in the league I’d rather have.

  23. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:23 AM

    The league has changed drastically from 2005 until now?
    Funny.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 8:09 AM

    I’m the poster who has advocates that Roethlisberger is not affordable. He’s going to want paid about $25 million per. Replacing a QB who averages about 21 TD passes a season seems doable.
    During this past season, Russell Wilson garnered a lot of attention for surpassing Roethlisberger as the NFL’s all-time “winningest” QB his first two seasons in the league. Here’s the rub: Wilson threw 52 TD passes to Roethlisberger’s meager 34 his first two seasons.
    Average QBs ought not be paid more than they are worth…

    Most steeler fans visiting this site know the poster is anti Ben and when seeing his name prepare for his rants on Ben. Saying Ben is an average easily replaceable QB just illustrates bias clouding logic.
    I am sure this poster will cherry pick stats that fit his need for a daily Ben rant instead of focusing on the topic at hand…Worilds contract.

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 9:53 AM

    The league has changed drastically from 2005 until now?
    Funny.

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    Funny? What’s funny is your head in the sand approach to an ever changing NFL. Time to face it gramps you are getting old and very resistent to the change right under your nose….to your credit and our displeasure you can use the internet.

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