Contracts Expire After 2013 Season For These Six Steelers Players

In 2013 the Pittsburgh Steelers will have six players that will be in the final year of their current contract and below is a breakdown of those players.

Ryan Clark – Clark had a career high in total tackles in 2012 with 102 of which 72 were of the solo variety. It was the second season in a row that he broke the 100 tackle barrier. Clark also recorded 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 7 passes defensed and 5 stuffs. He battled a small concussion problem in 2012 that ultimately led to him switching to a better helmet. Clark only missed the season opener in Denver due to his sickle cell trait and missed very few snaps in the other 15 games that he played in. The Steelers veteran free safety ended the season with a severe left quad contusion suffered in the season finale that forced him to spend the night in the hospital, Luckily surgery wasn\’t necessary and he should be good to go next year.

Jason Worilds – Worilds dressed for all 16 games this season and that was the first time that he has done that since being drafted in 2010. The Steelers outside linebacker was slowed the entire offseason while recovering from wrist surgery but managed to start 3 games at left outside linebacker when LaMarr Woodley was sidelined due to injuries. Worilds recorded 5 sacks, 2 defensed passes and 1 stuff in just under 440 defensive snaps and he ended the season with 26 total tackles. There is a good chance that he could open the 2013 season as the starting right outside linebacker should James Harrison become a cap causality during the offseason.

Brett Keisel – Keisel started all 16 games for the Steelers in 2012 and that was the first time since 2007 that he was able to do that. He recorded 46 total tackles, of which 26 were solos, and recorded 4.5 sacks to go along with 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defensed and 2 stuffs. The veteran right defensive end did suffer a MCL sprain in the season finale, but it reportedly will not require surgery. Keisel will likely battle Cameron Heyward in 2013 for the starting spot next season.

Ziggy Hood – Hood started all 16 games for the Steelers in his fourth season and recorded 42 total tackles, of which 25 were solo. He also registered 3 sacks, recovered 2 fumbles and defensed 3 passes. Hood improved in his first full year as a starter at left defensive end, but has plenty of room to get even better. Hopefully he will.

Jerricho Cotchery – Cotchery played just under 270 snaps in his second season in Pittsburgh and recorded just 17 catches for 205 yards on 27 targets. 12 of those catches resulted in first downs. The veteran is set to earn a one million base salary in 2013 so he could wind up being a cap causality as a result. Cotchery is an above average blocker but will be 31 years of age before the team reports to training camp.

Al Woods – Woods was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks in November of 2011 and managed to stick on the roster this season as the fourth defensive end. In his 30 snaps played in 2012 he recorded just 3 total tackles. He will be with the team again in Latrobe but that is where the guarantees end for him as he will surely need to win a roster soot once again.

  • zyzak

    2013 will be bug for Worlds and Hood, or syanara baby

  • NW86

    Interesting that there are only 6 players on this list, and that none of them seem to present big decisions at this point. You would often cut high-paid veterans going into the last year of their deals, since there would no longer be any future dead money that you would have to worry about rolling forward into this year. You would also look to lock up a couple of the younger, bigger named guys a year early to avoid free agency for them.
    On this list though, the three older guys are paid fairly modestly and they all played well and are earning their money for sure (I don’t agree with Cotchery getting cut – $1M isn’t that much money, and he could be more valuable next year with Wallace likely gone). The three younger guys still have more to prove before they would be given any big contract extension. I suppose you could attempt to extend Ziggy this summer – he’s a projected starter and it would be nice to avoid the possibilty of losing both him and Keisel after 2013, but Ziggy still hasn’t had a breakout season, so any extension offer would be a pretty modest one at this point.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Cutting Cotchery would be absolutely stupid, he is a steal at around $1million and is clutch on 3rd downs. He could very easily be the #3 WR and he should be. Hood should be given a contract extension because Keisel will be gone after 2013. Wouldnt mind signing Clark to 1-2yr extension

  • Garrett Hunt

    I hope these concussions don’t slow Clark down, but I bet the Steelers wait to see what they get out of him in 2013 before they offer him an extension.

  • steeltown

    Going to be a sad day when Keisel is no longer playing. I bet Hood has a stellar 2013 and gets a new contract. He probably wont get much attention in FA anyway because his stats are not flashy, he’s just a solid 3-4 DE and he sure didnt get much help from the OLB’s this year

  • Since everyone seems to have Harrison gone (something that I’d hate to see, but at $10 mil/year I have to agree with) it would be for the best to extend Worilds now for 3 to 5 years at a relatively modest price as he will likely put up decent numbers as a starter next year. Even if we took an olb in the 1st round this year he isn’t going to be really ready to play every down in LeBeau’s defense for 2 to 3 years.

    Clark and Keisel are too old to invest in an extension unless it’s mostly just salary and maybe modest roster bonuses that only get paid so long as we keep them even though Keisel has been playing about as good as he ever has and Clark has been a solid stud the last two seasons.

    Cotchery is a no brainer as far as keeping him goes, and if he’d sign a 2 year extension at $1 mil salary and $500K roster bonus, just like he’ll be due this coming year, I’d say do it for sure.

    Woods hasn’t shown anything to get an extension yet.

    I don’t get how so many people figure Hood is a “bust.” He was taken #32, not in the top 10. This was the 1st season he started every game and he was solid. The whole defense started off a bit slow, but they finished #2 against the run which doesn’t happen in a 3-4 defense without good work from the front 3.