The Steelers used the transition tag on outside linebacker Jason Worilds last year and paid him $9.754 million to tie for the team lead with 7.5 sacks.
According to General Manager Kevin Colbert, they haven’t ruled out using the same tag, which would cost them around $11 million, again next year. Colbert said that they haven’t ruled out anything else either as they decide how to approach retaining Worilds with the start of free agency a month away.
“Jason had a good year for us last year,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He is still a young player. He is probably still an ascending player. I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him, either, as a Steeler or as a potential player for someone else’s team. He is definitely someone that we will consider keeping. We will see where the market goes.”
Jarvis Jones is the only outside linebacker who saw time in 2014 and is under contract for next season, so the Steelers are going to need to address the position wherever the Worilds market winds up going.