LaMarr Woodley Says Steelers Were Going To Ask Him To Take A Pay Cut If Jason Worilds Got Away

On Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley signed a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders and not long after the ink dried, he was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio. During the interview, Woodley was asked about his recent injury history and how it ultimately led to the Steelers having to release him.

“It was out of my control, but in a way, I kind of put myself in that situation by being hurt,” said Woodley. “When you go out there and get hurt on the football field, you put yourself in those kind of situations.”

Now that he’s a member of the Raiders, Woodley said his primary job will be to rush the opposing the quarterback and that now he’s back playing in a 4-3 defense, he will likely have his hand in the dirt as opposed to standing up like he did as an outside linebacker with the Steelers. He also said he looks forward to not having to cover wide receivers, running backs and tight ends anymore.

In order for the Raiders to get their money’s worth out of Woodley, he has to stay healthy and on the field and he thinks he knows how to make sure that happens.

“It’s just getting the small muscles stronger,” said Woodley, who has missed 14 games over the course of the last three seasons because of various injuries. “I think that being that my legs are so big, sometimes, like, the front part of my body is stronger than the back end of my body and just getting those muscles back together.

“Last year I had the calf injury and the year before that, everybody was assuming it was my hamstrings, but actually I had a high ankle sprain and there’s really no way to avoid a 300-some pound man falling on your ankle.”

Prior to the Steelers releasing him, Woodley said the front office told him his future depended on what happened with fellow outside linebacker Jason Worilds.

“They said if they signed Jason Worilds back, they was going to let me go,” said Woodley. “If they didn’t sign him back, they was going to ask me to take a pay cut. So even when they put the transition tag on him (Worilds), I hadn’t heard anything from anybody and I found out pretty much that Monday I was going to be let go.”

  • Steelers12328882

    Why would they tell him they’d let him go if Worilds resigned? What if Worilds didn’t resign? Who does business like that? I don’t believe it.

  • Paddy

    If you’re going to work the front leg muscles you have to work the back. Skaters. hockey players and bicyclists often have huge quads but weaker hamstrings. I am surprised the Steelers trainers didn’t help LaMarr more with this.
    I wish him well he will be remembered as a champion.

  • Arthur Branch

    It’s a good front office that is up front and honest with their players. Look at the crap that Steve Smith went through with Carolina. He found out the team was looking to trade him through espn and twitter. Woodley knew what his fate would involve so his agent should have been working on getting his market value up in case Worilds was resigned.

  • frednash

    yes we’ll miss him bringing the wood

  • shawn

    It is pretty lame and hard to believe

  • shawn

    You shouldn’t be that upfront … come on now !

  • shawn

    A couple sentences stand out with me …

    1st he sounds clueless how to take care of his body and it is obvious he doesnt take conditioning that seriously …

    2nd … that part about looking forward to not covering RBs and TEs anymore … that has red flags all over it … and just sounds like a lazy player to me …

    a REAL player does whatever it takes to be the best and craves challenges !

  • WilliamSekinger

    The Steelers do business like no one else in football. Yes, it’s a business but the ownership feels like the team is a family. This shows they really do try to create and encourage a family like atmosphere. Can’t knock a team for being upfront and honest with a family member can you?

    BTW, NFL players around the league talk about the Steelers being a real NFL family, and that isn’t just paying lip service but the truth!

  • Steelers12328882

    That’s why I don’t believe Woodley.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    He’s always been a strong SOB, but he has no clue how to stretch. I said as much last year as anyone who knows anything about training can see as much just by watching him walk and run. This of course confirms it. $60 million and you didn’t have someone who could have taught you a little about stretching. Woodley’s fault and no one else.

  • JohnB

    WOW you hit every point I was gonna come down here to post right down to the word CLUELESS. Very glad we got rid of this guy. He knew what the problem was and was still lazy about it! Garbage!

  • shawn

    Why u think the FO doesnt include a personal trainer in some contracts … especially with guys that need it like him for instance … its cheap .. pennies in comparison to get the most out of your player … and actually i dont think it even comes out of the cap ..

    If I was in the FO I personally would be all over these types of things … Chefs for players with weight issues, stretchers/Massage therapists … trainers every damn thing u can think of to get an edge and get the most from your personnel !

  • RyanW

    Its not like it was a secret. Plus its only fair to the player to let them know what theyre planning. Obviously hes not complaining and accepted their honesty. Thats one of the reasons the players like the Steelers front office and ownership and coach Tomlin because they treat them like men not children. I would wanna know what was going on and not be left in the dark and so do players.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Because other players see that and respect the loyalty

  • Jazz

    Thank You! It’s amazing how so many idiots come on here and complain that the F/O is cheap. Take a look at the Salary Cap!!! They have always been loyal to their players, especially those they originally drafted. I think they can sometimes be too loyal. And so what if they were going to ask him to take a pay cut. He played the previous three seasons and collected nearly $24M for doing not near what was expected of him when they gave him the richest contract for a Steeler LB in the history of their franchise. And to think, he’s complaining about having to take a paycut? Hmm! Well, he was due to make almost $12M total this year, he signed with the Raiders for that same amount over two yrs. So it looks as though he ended up taking a paycut after all. By the way, how many teams was knocking at the door for his services? Yeah!!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I agree 100%. Shocking. But, seriously, I talked about this in a post many months ago. I want the Steelers to be proactive about this as it’s great for them for the rest of their lives, but especially to get the most out of them. Strength, speed, flexibility, everything. Nutrition? Beautiful.

    I know some people that are lean but insanely powerful. Nothing but a gym rat? You won;t get there. You have to do other things such as martial arts. Ask Joey Porter about martial arts.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Good Luck Lamar thanks for all you did with the Black and Gold. Hoping you can stay healthy over the next two years and earn your money.

  • shawn

    Kelly is like that because he is from Oregon U. have u seen their facility ….. friggin amazing … blows the mind … 1st class all the way (Nike) … ya I’m into all that stuff

    truth be told the NFL is light years behind the rest of the world when it comes to performance training (nutrition, stretching/massage, personal training, performance enhancement (not drugs) etc…

    Most players eat like crap … (bad upbringings …fast food, fried/southern food, sweets etc) .. and besides being insanely fast and incredibly strong are in lousy shape (overall conditioning-endurance, etc …

    There is a lot of room for growth in this area and i think we will see a lot more team development and contract clauses for players in the coming decade plus.

    I personally like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to build up uber endurance … no limit to the imagination and fun to do !

  • Rob H

    I agree with the posts about him STILL being clueless when it comes to his training. It’s still about getting something stronger to him, when he should be focused on flexibility, endurance, balance, etc. He obviously loves lifting weights, but it seems like he doesn’t want to be bothered with anything he doesn’t like doing.
    I’ll miss the way he was so clutch in big games, but little else.

  • Allen S. Cooper

    Woodley did what the Steelers asked him to do while in Pitt. Did you see him covering RB’s & TE’s? It obviously was not his strong point. Not having to do that anymore does not make him lazy. It’s a man realizing his strengths(rushing QB) and weaknesses(covering anybody). He did a great job for Pitt for a few years and now its time for him to move on.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Best of luck Beast ! You may be wearing back and silver but you’ll always bleed black and gold. Stay healthy.

  • steeltown

    Good luck Woodley.. should’ve trained with Tom Shaw and your teammates down in FL and maybe shouldve asked Polamalu what his rehab regiment entailed

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, absolutely! Interval training. Check out what some boxers do. I agree. Before my car accident, I used to train and play sports with kids half my age, in their 20’s actually. And I would regularly embarrass them. It can be done. And there is no cap number on that, as you said.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    He probably will get Troy type help and be good going forward. But what can you do.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I’ve got little to no beef with Woodley. When healthy, he was really good for us. Will always remember that last play against Arizona in he SB. Him and Harrison were a great duo for a short while…too short to be honest.

    Shame really since we really can still use him but not with his health and not at that price. Good luck Wood.


    Duh? Ya think, LaMarr?