Brown writes that if the Steelers and Worilds can find common ground in the coming months, he is a “strong candidate” for a long-term contract.
As for Pouncey, Brown refers to him as the “linchpin” of the Steelers’ offensive line and sees multi-year agreement as a “no-brainer” for Pittsburgh.
The Steelers placed their franchise tag on Worilds a little over a month and he has since signed his one-year tender worth $9.754 million. A long-term agreement would not only keep him under team control for the foreseeable future, but also offer some cap relief in the process.
As things stand right now, the Steelers have -$108,066 in available cap space.
Worilds, 25, 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.
Pouncey, 24, essentially missed the entire 2013 season after Steelers G David DeCastro fell on his right leg during the first game of the season. Pouncey unfortunately suffered a torn ACL and subsequently sat out the rest of the year.
He is considered to be among the best centers in the league and is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Pouncey stands to make $1,288,375 for the 2014 season, so he’s clearly in line for a large raise at some point.