Steelers LB Jason Worilds Continues to Raise His Free Agency Stock With Solid Game Against The Browns

To say Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-year outside linebacker Jason Worilds is on fire right now is understatement, but whatever you want to call it, it couldn’t come at a better time.

Worilds, who started again on the left side for the injured LaMarr Woodley, had a game-high 6 quarterback hurries and five tackles Sunday in the 27-11 win over the Cleveland Browns. One of his early hits on Browns quarterback Jason Campbell temporarily sidelined the starter with a right arm injury.

Worilds, who had a sack, four quarterback hits, one hurry and seven total tackles last week in the win over the Detroit Lions, has certainly lifted his free agent stock this season.

The Virginia Tech product will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and with more and more teams moving to a 3-4 defense, he figures to be a hot free agent commodity if he continues on his current pace.

Worilds is now looking like the dominant outside linebacker that the Steelers hoped he would become when they drafted him in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft and he’s doing it on the left side, the same side where he had most of his success as a college defensive end.

  • Jason

    Worilds>Woodley. I’m not a salary cap expert and don’t know the cap hit for cutting or trading the chronic underachiever but we’ll do fine without #56.

  • GNG

    I wish they would have put him at left a long time ago and moved Woodley to the right.

  • mlc43

    We would have to pay him more to leave than to keep him.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Worilds is playing great… But you can never trust these players who don’t show up to compete until its contract time.
    And to those of you thinking he’s so great now… Don’t forget how crazy injury prone he has been.

  • Jason

    That’s where the “not a salary cap expert” comes in. LOL

  • Jason

    We paid Woodley 61 million to be injury prone

  • alex

    coulda shoulda woulda 🙁

  • Anthony Renzelli

    The same people who constantly talk about woodley being injury prone will never admit Troy is the same. Not sure how much he makes but has been injury prone for 4+ years and hasn’t played near the level he’s capable of. We need both players injury prone or not. The cap savings and replacement players wouldn’t be even close to their production even if its less than their full potential

  • Lamarr56

    Move Woodley to the right side. It’s obvious that Worlids is better in the left and Woodley has said before that he doesn’t care what side he’s on. Why move Worlids after 2 great games

  • Jollyrob68

    I don’t think It’s the contract year as much as he’s being given more time on his natural side. Plus, not many Steeler lb get it in the first few years. Harrison didn’t.

  • Jollyrob68

    I’m ok if they want to trade Woodley for a 2nd & a good player plus

  • Nolrog

    In 2014, Woodley would have a 13.5 cap hit, but if he’s cut, it would be 14.1 in dead money. However, that would then free up 14 in 2015 and 11.9 in 2016 (if he’s designated a June 1 cut, the dead money hit could be spread over 2 years.)


    He had a good game but Jarvis was up against the pro bowler in this game.

  • alevin16

    Figures, he is on our team for years, not producing or being injured (W. Colon, I am looking at you) and when he finally starts playing well he becomes a FA and we cannot afford him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    What a big change from the right side.

  • RW

    Wouldn’t we still be on the hook for guaranteed money?

  • dgh57

    I would think trading Woodley would be unlikely because the other team would have to be willing to take on Woodley’s monster contract.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I say get rid of woodly so we can keep Jason if we have to because Woodley keeps getting hurt every season and the most surprising thing or he’s only 27.

  • Jeff

    Hmmm… Currently the Steelers are the 6th seed in the AFC, but all last week anyone talking optimistically about playoff implications were called crazy. I’m not saying we’re a lock, but we are literally right in the mix. This season just keeps getting more exciting!!

  • CrazyTerry

    Worldis has had injury problems in the past too. I would like to cut woodley, but his cap structure makes it tough to cut him and get enough cap relief to make it worthwhile.

  • CrazyTerry

    Only for one year in cap money. It all depends on the base salaries. You suck it up on the bonus being accelerated onthe cap since that is money you are paying him anyway, The year his base salary starts exceeeding 9M, you cut him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    we are now 7th. Titans won their game

  • HarryBackside

    Yup. At this point, I think Worilds “development isues”, have less to do with him, and more with being asked to play the wrong position.

  • HarryBackside

    Did Worilds wait to show up, or were the coaches preparing him to play the wrong position? They were grooming him to play ROLB. It’s pretty obvious at this point that was the wrong side.

  • HarryBackside

    Just his remaining salary. The rest of his cap hit is from his signing bonus, and salary that was guaranteed during the years the team asked him to restucture. That money has already been paid out, so that portion of the cap hit doesn’t follow the player if he is traded.

  • HarryBackside

    He’s had back to back good games.

  • HarryBackside

    Worilds injury problems haven’t happened during the regular season, unlike Woodley.

  • sean mcmartin

    Same as Lewis last year. Not good for a Team that builds through the draft. Building starters for other teams..

  • Rory

    We are stuck with Woodley fellas, nobody wants an injury riddled player with that contract. Not like he’s been terrible when healthy this year though, and it might be a little early to anoint Worrilds as heir to the pass rushing throne anyway. A couple of good games doesn’t erase years of disappointment.

    Focusing on the here and now…. how great did it feel to actually have a pass rush? Haven’t felt that confident watching our D since the 2010 AFC Championship Game against the Jets.

    Ok maybe an exaggeration, but not by much.

  • Nolrog

    The cap hit doesn’t follow the player, but the dead money still has to be accounted for.

  • Nolrog

    The contract isn’t so bad, once you discount for the dead money, which the Steelers are on the hook for. The other team (assuming I’m reading this right) would be on the hook for 8, 8.5 and 9 in the next three years for Woodley (all the rest is bonus which was already paid so the stelers have to account for.)

  • steeltown

    The Steelers are known for letting their UFA’s test the market.. but I wish they would just sign Worilds BEFORE the FA market opens, sort of like they did with Foote and Foster last year

    In the end we have nothing behind Woodley and Jones, as soon as Woodley goes down we would then be reverting to C.Carter or Sylvestor (again) no thank you.


  • CW

    Only if the Steelers cut him. Woodley could be traded and the team would have to eat the bonus money pro rated over the remaninder of the contract, but the salary itself would be another team’s concern.

  • mlc43

    I merely stated that it would cost us more to cut him this year than to keep him. I know everyone wants to try and think of a way out, but the reality of the situation is that we are stuck with him unless we want to take a huge dead money hit. Who really thinks the Steelers org is going to do that. As far as trading him; again, who would want his salary? It’s not like he’s blowing up QBs.

  • srdan

    The pass rush has transformed this team over the last two games. Waht 93 is doing can’t be ignored, and he has to get PT. Even if 56 is back. Then naturally you start to wonder why is the second highest paid player on yoru team being outpaced.

    Worlds is 25 woodley is 29. Wood is at just about that age where the steelers start to get shy with their money towards LBs. Except that he is signed through 2016.

    The way I see his contract he got 22 of the 61 guaranteed. This is the 3rd year of that contract. I think they pay that 22 over the years, so he is owed another 11. If he is outright cut, that is what the steelers are on the hook for. But that doesn’t sound right to me.

    And i don’t think that it’s either worldis or woodley. I think there are options with our ageing DBs that hey would rather cut ties with, rather than productive pass rushers.

  • Chris92021

    I want Worilds to do so well that he prices himself out of our salary cap range.