Signing Period For Transition Tagged Players Begins On March 22

One interesting aspect of the transition tag that was given on Monday to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds is the signing period that comes along with it.

According to the latest press release by the NFL, that signing period for transition tagged players begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 22. Players that were issued the franchise tag, however, have a signing period that begins on March 11, the start of the new league year and the beginning of the free agent signing period.

In other words, other teams can’t sign Worilds to an offer sheet until 11 days into the start of free agency.

Other teams, however, do have until July 22 as a deadline to sign Worilds to an offer sheet. After that date, the Steelers will be the only team that can negotiate with the linebacker. From that date forward, they will have until 4:00p.m. ET on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 11), to get Worilds signed to a long-term deal.

Being as the Steelers normally don’t negotiate contracts once the regular season begins, they figure to have all of training camp and the preseason to work out an extension with Worilds, assuming of course he hasn’t signed an offer sheet with another team by then.

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  • steeltown

    Aha and the plot thickens

  • cp72

    That is great news. This is proving what I have always known….Colbert is one of the best in the business.


    IMO, not that great. This tag will immobilize the Steelers in Free Agency. Not that it would be much different than previous years, but they need to be active this year.

  • cp72

    The most important signing for us in free agency was getting Worilds resigned and we took a big step toward that. The next step is continue to negotiate with him. Who is to say they don’t get a deal done before free agency.


    I suppose, I’m just not sold on him staying any healthier than Woodley.

  • steeltown

    They may still be players in FA.. there are still a lot of decisions and moves to be made.. possible Polamalu extension, cutting Levi, restructuring AB and Timmons and then you have the Taylor and Woodley situations..

  • cp72

    If he was 29 instead of 26 I would be more worried.

  • falconsaftey43

    This could likely mean Woodley will be on the team this year. They really couldn’t cut him until after July 22 or they get Worilds signed. At that point most FA would be picked up so clearing cap space by cutting Woodley wouldn’t really gain you much, unless it’s need for rookies/extending some guys.

  • Kareem Daniels

    Could the Steelers trade him?

  • falconsaftey43

    Worilds or Woodley? They have to eat any guaranteed money when you trade a player, so no way they trade worilds if that’s what you meant. Probably couldn’t trade Woodley because it’s the same cap hit as cutting him and other teams will likely just wait for him to be cut then sign him cheaper. Although trading for him would give the other team him with a 3 year contract with no guaranteed money so might be able to get a late rounder for him.

  • Jazz

    It’s a Transition Tag; the Steelers pretty much just took out an Insurance Policy just in case. If another teams signs Worilds, the Steelers have the right to match their offer. If the Steelers refuse, they will not receive any draft picks as compensation. I’m sure they are still negotiating with Jason Worilds, but Worilds and his agent know they have the upper hand. I really don’t think the Steelers will over spend for him at all. If a team offers him a ridicolous contract
    (Daniel Snyder), then the Steelers will simply say audios amigos! Jason Worilds hasn’t proven to be a Franchise LB at all, lets not forget he played 8 great games last year. Truth be told, I would have no issues at all if they allowed him to walk. I hope the F/O don’t get too caught in the Keenan Lewis mistake last year. Two different players, two different scenarios. The Steelers will not overpay him.


    I see your point in resigning our own. Just pointing out that the 22nd signing period isn’t all positive. We will get a late start and still may lose Worilds.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I think they already have, unless some Jerry Jones type lets them off the hook by overpaying even more.