Dejan Kovacevic reports via Twitter this morning that Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley informed him that the team has approached him about getting a multi-year contract done with him. Kovacevic said that Woodley did not go into specifics, only to say it is a long term deal discussion. Woodley was designated the Steelers franchise player before the lockout started and he quickly signed the tender that will pay him $10 million plus this year if no long term deal is reached.
With recent contract restructures of several veteran players to help give some instant cap relief, the Steelers can now take the rest of the month to get an extension done with Woodley and perhaps even safety Troy Polamalu. Both Woodley, Polamalu and wide receiver Mike Wallace are all entering their final year under contract and the Steelers have a long stranding tradition of not negotiating contracts once the season begins. There is not as much of a hurry with Wallace as he is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after this season.