Report: Steelers LB Jason Worilds Has Already Signed $9.754 Million Transition Tag

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds has already signed his $9,754,000 transition tag given him on Monday and that means the former second-round raft pick can’t entertain offers from other teams during free agency.

In addition to signing his tag offer, La Canfora also reports that Worilds and the Steelers have made progress on a long-term deal. The Steelers could certainly use the salary cap room provided by a long-term deal and the sooner it’s done the better.

You have to hand it to not only Steelers general manager Kevn Colbert, but Worilds as well. The Virginia Tech product reportedly had a lot of interest in him in the weeks leading up to the start of the new league year, but he chose not to test the market.

  • Jollyrob68

    Great job Steelers & Worilds. Now work out a deal.

  • chris ward

    Great news, Great work by Colbert and Worilds too compromise on working to getting a deal done.

  • Craig Ressler

    Awesome News! And I was so negative yesterday saying, I get the gut feeling we are going to lose Worilds and not get any compensation, haha!

  • dkoy85

    Some will argue that he’s getting paid no matter what but to me this is the type of player we need. There’s a chance he could have made $10mil more by entering FA. Good job Steelers and let’s make a deal. I’m very happy they’re being agressive with him.

  • 243546

    That shows how much Worilds wanted to remain with the Steelers. Can people stop bagging on the guy now?

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, wonder if not wanting to relive the Keneen Lewis scenario out at the LB position played into to their being aggressive, haha! Whatever, I’m glad they are too.

  • Arthur Branch

    Sounds good but I need to hear from someone other than La Canfora. I have a hard time trusting it when he breaks the news.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Guess the arguments disagreeing with the Steelers use of the transition tag are now moot. Well done FO, now get a long term deal done!

  • CW

    It is sort of like trusting the used car salesman of NFL news anytime La Canfora is lead on a story.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I was thinking same thing about Lewis scenario. Steelers have to favor giving 2nd contracts to young guys entering their prime instead of giving 3rd or 4th contracts to guys who are over-the-hill.

  • Mike Sweeney

    Love the character, Jason exhibits from a personal standpoint. His patience and perseverance is well deserved. Next up, the long term deal. Love the good news and keep it coming!!!!!!

  • costanza2k1

    but wait we should’ve drafted Sean Lee instead of this bust, said most everyone for years

  • Maybe, but I think what really played into it is he is their best pass rusher when you watch their games the last two seasons.

  • NW86

    This is beginning to make a little more sense. I couldn’t figure out what the Transition tag really did for the Steelers. They must have already made some progress on a deal, and they were confident they could get one done by 3/11.
    There is usually talk about players not wanting to get tagged, but in this case maybe it was a “good faith” agreement between the 2 parties – agreeing that even if they can’t work something out, they’re both prepared to agree on this 1 year deal. Of course, both sides would benefit from a longer contract with more guaranteed money, but lower annual value.

  • Kyle Owens

    Nice job by Colbert and company. I thought it was a bad idea to use a transition tag and tie up 9.75 million, thinking that this would be a long drawn out process that would last until training camp. But that’s why I work at a bank and he is the GM of a football team.

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  • Addison

    I wonder what’s going through Woodleys mind

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  • srdan

    I am more worried about what is going through his mouth

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Either go to Baltimore where career dies or contemplating donating his hamstrings to science for research.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    …”Wonder how I’d look in a 9’ers jersey”
    …”Patriots jersey, Packers, Cardinals….*gulp* b-b-b- BROWNS j-j-j-JERSEY…!!!”

  • cencalsteeler

    This offseason…… so far so good!!! Two thumbs up.

  • Tom Jackson

    Anybody got the terms of Heath Miller’s contract yet?

  • Addison

    Haha it’s funny cause he’s fat

  • srdan

    couldnt have said ti better

  • Arthur Branch

    That always confused me. A bust playing behind 2 pro bowlers. Give the kid a chance to get on the field. The way Harrison and Woodley were playing when Jason got to Pittsburgh Sean Lee would have been on the bench if he played outside linebacker.

  • Arthur Branch

    Can the FO please get some back end help now that the outside linebacker position is set!

  • Bradys_Dad

    I’d like to see them re-structure Lamarr and hold on to him as well. The numbers don’t lie, when he’s healthy he’s a beast. I know, I know, WHEN he’s healthy. Let me ask you this. Are you sold on Jones? It would be really interesting to see if Lamarr could run the Jone’s side and allow Jason to continue growing. A whole crapload of wishful thinking here.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Agreed – I’m guessing that $9.75 Mil buys a whole lot of instantaneous loyalty.

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  • Jacob Dixon

    I have a hard time trusting Ian Rapport

  • CrazyTerry

    I don’t know how anyone can be thrilled with this. That’s 20M of cap money into two OLBs and if both end up staying, that means another wasted first rounder rotting on the bench. 1 mid first rounder, 1 high second rounder, 1 low second rounder, $22 or so M of cap space is too much to spend on these three guys who are injury prone or not producing COLLECTIVELY enough in a 3-4.
    Then again, what choice did they have? Because of that, I can’t hate the decision even if I am not happy at all with that much cap money going to one player of his caliber. If you include our ILBs, we are talking about $32M of annual salary going to 5 players at the LB position. Collectively they have had no more than 20 sacks last year.

  • CrazyTerry

    Worldis didn’t have to compromise much. He gets 10M guaranteed this season. His signing bonus would have been what? 20M? He can still be a free agent next year in the worst case and get at least 10M guaranteed even if he doesn’t exceed last year’s production. But he may be able to bre in for a big payday with him starting regularly for a year.

  • Tom

    Great! I have to admit….I didn’t see that coming. I assumed that he would at least test the market.

  • Shawn Winbush

    great job by the FO..and kudos to Worilds for wanting to remain with a classy organization! all you so-called experts and pundits that’s been dogging the FO and still calling yourself “fans”, let the knowledgeable people in charge run this team.They are well aware of what is going on.No FO is going to get it right %100 of the time,but I have and always will back their decisions and trust them!

  • Brandon James

    Kudos to Colbert and the organization. Not only does this secure our OLB’s for years to come, with this move they are already getting close to a long term deal. Which means we can lower this cap hit and sign some key second tier free agents/our own free agents if this deal gets done by free agency. Sorry woodley, lets get ready for the Jones/Worlids era.

  • Brandon James

    No one wants to play on a tag. With so much injury, and even a so-so season in this league, you can lose millions within just one season. He is going to sign a long-term deal for the stability.

  • Alan Felicia

    The real question is, are you sold on Worilds after 8 games? Last year, Worilds base was only $630K. He just made over 10x that with the 8 game contract push. The question is, will he play like last season or will he revert back to his play the first 3 years of his career.
    For the sake of the team, I hope Worilds continues his strong play.

  • chris ward

    Yeah I agree it worked out well for Worilds. He will be in for a long term deal, if he continues to produce like he did in the second half of the season.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I did clarify that it was “wishful” thinking 🙂

  • shawn

    I just read from another site that if true isnt such hot news … Of Worilds 8 sacks all were against the weaker OL in the league … and he was held in check against the better ones not registering any sacks on them. He might be our best Pass Rusher but paying 10 mil for him ?? … i really wouldn’t be that excited if we paid half that … they need to pick somebody decent up soon or get lucky in the draft/UDFA or a late round gem.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The Steelers cannot allow all of their younger talent to leave. In this league you have to have guys who can get pressure on the QB. We have the recently oft injured Woodley and thats it. We need at least 2 guys and the Wood/Wor tandem will be awesome if they both can stay healthy.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The LB’s are our splash players on defense…that is where the money goes on defense. Jones isnt ready for the show right now and when Woods contract is up Jones should be ready to fill those shoes. I do not have a problem with it and expect another mid to late round OLB drafted.

  • RyanW

    Better to take the risk. Couldve said the same thing about Ike ans K lewis last year. But id rather take the risk on Worilds than have a still developing Jarvis and a Woodley who hasnt been able to stay on the field for 3 years. And think if Woodley wouldve went down it wouldve been Chris Carter up next….

  • Jazz

    I don’t like this move at all; basically the Steelers just paid Jason Worilds $10M for eight good games from 2013. Had the kid showed something in the previous yrs, then I would have said good move. I guess time will tell if it was a good move or not. I’m not thrilled with Woodley either, but Woodley did at least produce over a period of yrs before becoming fat N lazy. Worilds hasn’t done much at all, I’m not one to question the F/O though, they do have six Lombardi’s.

  • tim

    Very happy. …very smart move to tie him up and work things out long term….and I though KC could have been DONE as a GM lol

  • Axe Skot

    Could be worse. Look at other teams, like Miami, for instance who have something like 12million next year locked up in a particular wide receiver with rather mediocre production. Sometimes you have to spend money, and the Steelers have a good track record of not spending too much. It’s hard to see how they could have handled this better. Sometimes the light comes on for certain players, sometimes it doesn’t. I think they feel confident that they saw a flash of the talent that made them draft him in the first place, so “the arrow is pointed up.” I’ll hold my final opinion until I see what deal they can work out. You have to think they will get a 4 year cap friendlier deal because of the fact that Worilds already signed the tender.

  • cencalsteeler

    Nothing as of yet. Dave is on top of his game, so as soon as something happens, it’s usually posted right here on Steelers Depot.

  • Alan Felicia

    Against the Jets, had 2 in the blowout loss to New England, 2 in the Thanksgiving game against a re-shuffled Baltimore O-Line, and a sack against Miami, GB, Detroit.
    I stand corrected, 6 games = $9.754 Million raise.