- Pauline also mentions what many have been saying for a few months now that the Steelers could have a hard time retaining Worilds due to LaMarr Woodley‘s contract.
- Pauline adds that Woodley’s deal will make it “very difficult if not impossible” to keep Worilds.
Pittsburgh has Woodley under contract for $8 million next season to go along with a cap hit of $13.59 million. Releasing him this offseason would free up $25.5 million in cap space over the next three years, according to Bouchette.
Of course, the Steelers could always approach Woodley about a pay cut, but it’s hard to say that he would even be willing to broach the topic.
Worilds, 25, is likely to be at the top of the Steelers priorities list this offseason now that he’s coming off of a solid year in 2013. Worilds has said that he has no intention of taking a back seat in the coming years, so the Steelers would not only need to pay him a market value contract, but also assure him that he will see plenty of playing time moving forward.
Worilds produced 63 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles this season and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 12 3-4 outside linebacker in the league.
We have Worilds listed as the No. 10 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.