Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that the Pittsburgh Steelers are unlikely to make a decision regarding OLB LaMarr Woodley‘s future with the team until the situation involving OLB Jason Worilds is resolved.
The Steelers placed their transition tag on Worilds before Monday’s deadline, which will cost them $9.754 million versus $11.455 million if they were to use the franchise tag. However, the transition tag won’t give them any compensation if Worilds signs elsewhere. All this does is give them the right of first refusal should he receive an offer from an interested team.
As for Woodley, it’s doubtful the Steelers would carry him at his current cap figure of $13.6 million if they manage to retain Worilds. Releasing Woodley this offseason would free up $25.5 million in cap space over the next three years.
Woodley, 29, dealt with numerous injuries this year which limited him to appearing in just 11 games. Since signing a six-year deal worth $61.5 million back in 2011, Woodley has missed 14 games due injury.
In 2013, Woodley 36 tackles and five sacks to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.