Steelers Inform LaMarr Woodley He Will Be Released Tomorrow


According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers will release outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley tomorrow at the beginning of the new league year, designating him a post-June 1 release.

The Steelers, of course, have no need to release him now, because the cap savings they will reap from his release will not kick in until June. Doing so now is purely a personal courtesy to the veteran linebacker in order to give him a chance to catch on with a team early, and it would not be surprising to see him signed quickly.

This move is by no means surprising, and has long been anticipated in the event that the Steelers re-sign Jason Worilds. They applied the transition tag to him, which he has already accepted, and they are now looking toward working out a long-term deal with their new starting left outside linebacker.

Woodley has an $8 million base salary scheduled for the 2014 season, and that is the amount of cap relief the Steelers will gain come June, minus displacement costs. That money will be deferred to the 2015 cap hit as dead money.

Woodley’s 2015 cap hit was scheduled to be $14,090,000. With the release, it will decrease by $5,510,000 to just $8,580,000. So even though it adds dead money to next year, it still reduces next year’s cap hit overall.

The decision to release Woodley was assuredly the result of the discrepancy between his pay and what he was able to produce on the field due to his health. After signing a lucrative six-year contract in 2011, the veteran pass rusher has been riddled with lower body soft tissue injuries to his hamstrings and calf muscles.

Up until the middle of the 2011 season, Woodley seemed to be on pace for a Defensive Player of the Year-caliber season, registering seven and a half sacks in the four games leading up to his injury. He finished that season with nine total sacks, none coming after the injury, as he played in only parts of two games after that.

Woodley continued to struggle during the 2012 season, missing another three games due to injury and clearly having been affected and reduced by the injuries, registering just four sacks on the year.

He got off to a good start last season, however, and appeared to be rounding back into form during the first half of the season while the rest of the team was languishing. He registered a sack in five of the first six games, but none after.

After injuring his calf in Week 11, Woodley was sidelined for three games before coming back—this time on the right side—against the Miami Dolphins and playing well despite not registering a sack, but he strained his other calf on the second snap of the very next game, and the Steelers elected to put him on injured reserve.

Despite his injury concerns, there should be quite a healthy market for Woodley’s services. He continues to play very well when healthy, both against the pass and the run.

Pro Football Focus lists him as fourth on the pass rushing productivity chart for 3-4 outside linebackers last season with a rating of 14.8, registering 37 total pressures on 196 pass rushes. Jerry Hughes paced the position at 15.4.

A team can never have too many pass rushers, and that is only becoming increasingly true as the league evolves. With Woodley scheduled to be released, quality depth at outside linebacker becomes an imminent concern with just Chris Carter and Terence Garvin having received playing time there, not including starting inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Stevenson Sylvester, a free agent, also saw some time there at the end of the season.

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  • dkoy85

    Wow… knew this day would come but it’s a little surreal.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Idk about this move.

  • steeltown

    wow… wasn’t sure what they’d do to be honest

    As I’ve thought all along though… DB and OLB are huge needs moving forward

  • dkoy85

    I’m hoping they have a very solid backup plan…

  • Ike Evans

    Me either

  • WilliamSekinger

    I like it. Woodley was good when he was on the field, but he was NEVER on the field after signing that big contract. Move on and be done with it.

  • 4-12

    Sign Verner!

  • treeher

    I admit I don’t know numbers. I assume Steelers eat all the guaranteed money next year, about $8.5M even if he signs with another team?

  • mlc43

    Interesting move. I believe that the Steelers and Worilds must be close on a long term deal or I don’t believe they do this. This also moves OLB back into a more prominent need in the draft. Still, I do believe I agree with this move. Woodley couldn’t stay on the field. Good luck to him moving forward.

  • steeltown

    Verner will be long gone.. we won’t get cap relief until june 1st

  • Paddy

    Pro football focus is just plain wrong, glad the Steelers can see with their own eyes

  • Jason

    This cut is bitter sweet to me. Sweet because I’ve wanted him cut for years and bitter because with him gone I will have to find another player to scream at every Sunday and with Clark, his likely replacement for that, likely gone too it won’t be easy.

  • Paddy

    They are eating it big time

  • dkoy85

    A healthy Woodley is a very good Woodley. Unfortunately for him and us he couldn’t shake the bug.

  • Paddy

    Steelers with the 15th pick will again choose OLB, they have no choice

  • 20Stoney

    So will the Steelers get a comp pick in this draft if he signs quickly? I see how this benefits Woodley. Trying to see how it benefits the Steelers.

  • mlc43

    I think it moves OLB up in need but I wouldn’t go near so far as saying that they have to use the 15th pick on one. Let’s see how things shake out before draft day. Who knows who else we pick up.

  • steelster

    jones and worilds will be the starters. No need to draft a olb early can wait until 5th round or later or pickup a FA

  • Paddy

    No they get nothing

  • Matthew Marczi

    Players that teams release don’t factor into compensatory picks.

  • Paddy

    Jones has yet to prove he can play in the NFL

  • T R

    Not sure about this move either.. i would have rather waited to june to release him.. .Then he could be signed back at a lower rate. but hey im just a blog reader… so whatever Dave says i agree with :) he smarter them me.. This definitely will change our priorities in the draft.. Can we get Mack please. or trade our 5, 6 and 7 picks for to trade up for Clowney.. LOL joking on that.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Neither has your theoretical first-round OLB in the 2014 draft.

  • ApexSteel

    Trade back and grab Dee Ford? Obviously that’s all dependent of what we do in free agency, but if we can grab a corner and a wide out this may be the best course of action.

  • dkoy85

    This is shaping up to be one interesting off-season.

  • T R

    damn you type this before me.. i feel god about Jones and Worilds and a lower round pick or FA for back up or competition for OLB

  • steelster

    that is correct 8.5m dead money for next year or they due a pre june 1st cut and eat 14 million this year.

  • Rob

    So, I’m confused about this article. Didn’t Dave say that if we release woodley before June 1st, then the money we owed him would accelerate into this year and next year we’d be completely free of his contract with no charge against the 2015 cap? This article is saying we will still owe him money next year? Which is it?

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Considering this announcement comes soon after the window when teams are allowed to contact FA representations, I wonder if the Steelers already have a lead on a LB they’re looking to sign?

  • StrengthOfVictory

    He’ll be released tomorrow, but DESIGNATED a post-June 1st release on the books. So cap hit is part this year, part next year.

  • 20Stoney

    Thanks guys. Blonde moment!

  • dkoy85

    I think that would be too developmental and too early to draft and OLB. They’ll grab one this year but probably not in the first round.

  • Bee Wuu

    Woodley couldn’t stay on the field.He makes too much money, he has to go.
    He’s replaced with Worilds, who hasn’t been able to stay on the field either & he is “going” to be signed to another big contract?
    I cant get over the contract he gets (after 4yrs) not producing, but for 8 games l/yr in a contract yr??
    Younger. Potential. SURE! Still, what has he proven, to be a Transition Tagged player?

  • Brian Miller

    We have to hope that Jones will improve this year and move forward like he will. Also, I feel pretty confident that we were going to be drafting an OLB this year regardless of what happened to Woodley and Worilds. I don’t think Woodley getting cut changes anything other than now there is always a chance we double dip.

  • Eric Crook

    Was hoping they would give him 1 more season for a chance at a comeback….hope he leaves the division….sux

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yes, but like I wrote, it’s better than $14 million. Taking the $8 million now means they don’t have to worry about saving money for signing their draft class. Basically whatever money they make room for now they can spend.

  • steeltown

    Exactly

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’m surprised Ike Taylor’s paycut didn’t happen yet or first. I like the direction they are going though even so if its… a surprise.

  • Matthew Marczi

    StrengthOfVictory is correct. Teams are afforded the ability to release one player per season before June with what they call a post-June 1 designation. Basically he is a free agent as soon as he’s released, but financially it affects the Steelers as though he were released in June as opposed to now.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    The only outside linebacker that might drop to 15 is Anthony Barr, DE/LB, UCLA.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Could be very soon.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Ike understands that his best chance of seeing the field at all in the NFL is taking a pay cut. He’s sensible. Unless he wants to be done with football, I expect he’ll renegotiate.

  • Brian Miller

    Yep, I think this was going to happen anyway, regardless of what happened before the draft.

  • Bee Wuu

    They should have told Woodley to sit on the couch this summer& gain another 30lbs. That would have @ least solved the NT position!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    LaMarr Wobbly?

  • srdan

    Unless the ink on 93′s contract is still drying, I question the timing of this move.

    Am I wrong in assuming that this gives Jason another edge in the negotiation?

    Or, and I think this is what maybe happening is that Wordlis agreed to a deal in principle but refused to sign it until Woodley is cut. Seems cut throat, but he explicitly said that he will only come back if he is the starter.

  • steelster

    and the biggest reason the steelers haven’t made the playoffs for the last 2 years, wait for it…….Lamarr Woodley’s lack of production.

  • 804Stiller

    Even if get a corner in free agency, I wouldn’t mind Dennard or Gilbert at 15 if one drops. We can’t go as high as Verner in Free Agency. We will end up getting a good value corner. #2 caliber for depth. I can’t see us drafting another OLB first with paying Worilds and Jones being last year’s 1st rounder. Maybe later in the draft and scooping up a Keyaron Fox’esque’ free agent linebacker that excels on special teams for depth. That is the earlier version of Fox not the way he played towards the end.

  • Rob

    Thanks. I was unaware that you didn’t have to be released after June 1st to be counted as a post June first cut. Let’s hope the do something good with all this money they are freeing

  • Matthew Marczi

    Interesting points, and neither are unrealistic.

  • SFIC

    Great move by the brass.
    I heard on ESPN radio that there are unconfirmed reports that Ike has been asked to restructure his contract.

  • Rob

    Thanks. Got love these little technicalities and loop holes

  • Rob

    Arizona and Tennessee seem to make sense

  • costanza2k1

    Much love and respect to him for sealing SB 43

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Perhaps. Though the quick signing of his transition tag (to me) says he wants to do good business. Worilds doesn’t seem to be playing games, just trying to get his fair market value.

  • SFIC

    Yep. His contributions cannot be overlooked

  • steeltown

    I agree with all of this

  • CW

    Pretty much he’s already said he wants to play next year and only wants to play with Pittsburgh. So chances are he’ll take a reasonable pay cut when asked.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’m liking the name Martavis Bryant as our WR pick in Round 2-3, seeing as the Steelers may now have to go defense early and often this draft.

  • steelster

    you sure they don’t mean to reduce his salary.

  • srdan

    agreed

  • SFIC

    Yes, sorry, that’s what I meant

  • srdan

    definitely

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Boo. They need him. Wish they could at least have waited until they see how well he did in his off season training. I could see this if it really helped the cap, but for mostly cash relief? That is just cheap. I like Jones but he hasn’t shown me he is ready or anywhere near strong enough. I bet Woirlds misses 4-5 games with injury too.

  • dkoy85

    Word.

  • steelster

    depends on how you look at it, the 8 million dead money next year hurts them towards resigning the 2015 free agents it’s a wash.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    But Worilds has been hungry to start for years now. Just waiting for this opportunity. He’s been working for it.

    Lately, Woodley has just been hungry. And it shows.

  • Luke Shabro

    I’d take Barr any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I doubt he falls that far but you never know.

  • Matthew Marczi

    True, but that will largely be alleviated by a swelling of the salary cap even further, which is reported to go up $12 from this season. Overall, I think the $8 million now as opposed to next year is the more valuable option.

  • dkoy85

    Is Taylor next with all the Cb’s being looked at since the “legal tampering” period? If they really, really want to they could free up enough space to get OLB depth, CB starter, and Soliai. Instantly upgrading the D and adding depth thru the draft. Highly doubt that would happen but I’d be happy if it did.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Much appreciation for his contributions toward another Lombardi, but this is the right move. He couldn’t stay on the field. More importantly, his injuries were all related to poor conditioning. The highest paid defensive player in team history needed to show more of a commitment than that. Also, I highly doubt we’ll be drafting an OLB early because we have too much tied up with our current projected starters. We have to trust in the process and the development of our players. If the Rooneys have confidence in Worilds and Jones, then so do I. We’ll draft OLB depth somewhere in rds. 4-7 and/or bring in UDFAs.

  • steelster

    1 more season why? he has been unhealthy for 3 years and was the 2nd highest player on the steelers, why would you keep him to me this move was a no brainer.

  • Caesar

    Didn’t they do the same with Willie Colon, release him earlier and designate it as post June 1?

  • cp72

    Yeah you can’t keep him. Not even at a lower rate. It’s to much of an financial risk.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Someone needs to tell ESPN to adjust their FA Countdown Clock to account for Daylight Savings. And their Draft Countdown too, for that matter.

  • Caesar

    Have to say, would kind of have liked to see them just swallow the pill and eat all the money this year and just be fully free. But if the big spike in cap happens again next year, I guess the post-June 1st designation makes sense.

  • Aric Brown

    Corey Graham, Captain Munnerlyn, and Nolan Carrol are all attractive options

  • RyanW

    Its a good move. They obviously feel know they can Worilds long term. And with Jones still around plus we can draft another OLB or sign a cheap veteran free agent as backup. We get more cap space both this year and next by doing this.

  • MC1505

    It’s a move that needed to be made. Although I wish Woodley nothing but the best, he became completely unreliable the past two seasons. He did greatly contribute to helping us win SB 43, and for that, I will be appreciative. However, the defense badly needs to get younger. I think moving forward with Worilds is the right move. They made the mistake last season of letting Lewis walk in favor of keeping some over-priced veterans.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    I think it also had to do with his attitude. He wasn’t accountable for his conditioning or other on-field failures. He was a good one, but his durability concerns will have him out of football in a couple of years. I wish him well in Arizona. :)

  • Aric Brown

    Jason Worilds/Lamarr Woodley reminds me of Antonio Brown/Mike Wallace… lets hope this move plays out aswell as the other

  • steelster

    nice

  • Aric Brown

    Jarvis better hit them weights hard

  • cp72

    Am I the only one that’s nervous about our DL? If I am not mistaken right now either Arnfelt or Williams is a starter. I know everyone wants a corner and safety but I am not sure that DL doesn’t require the most free agency attention. I am guessing they will resign Woods and maybe Hood or Keisel but as of right now our depth there is disturbing.

  • NW86

    I know a lot of Steelers fans just got their wish…I just hope Woodley doesn’t pull a Willie Colon next year – playing all 16 games and being productive for another team – and I hope Worilds stays healthy and productive. Either player was a gamble, so the Steelers made their choice and only time will tell if it was the right one.

  • NW86

    I shouldn’t say I hope Woodley doesn’t stay healthy and productive – actually I have no problem with him and wish him the best. What I mean is, I hope he doesn’t end up out-performing Worilds.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I was feeling the same…2015 use that “saved” $$ to get maybe 2 BIG free agent acquisitions at positions of need at that time.

  • steeltown

    Colon tore his biceps in the last game and it appears the NYJ are letting him hit the open market.. he also reportedly tied for most penalties in the League last season..

  • Tom Savastano

    Will miss the pre big contract and injury Woodley..the other, not so much.. Enjoy playing for the Arz Cards…

  • NW86

    OK, so he wasn’t perfect. ;-) My point is, I hope the Steelers don’t regret choosing Worilds over Woodley.

  • steeltown

    of course, I hope that as well

  • SFIC

    For what we would be paying him, he would need to make All-Pro before I would have any regrets.

  • steelster

    I really question how good Woodley ever was he played well early in his career but that was when Harrison was doing so well. Did he benefit because offenses had to pay so much attention to Harrison and not him. He then gets a big contract from it and has never been the same because he showed up at camp fat and out of shape and as a result pulls his hamstring and since has a chronic problem with it. The Arizona cardinals can have him.

  • steeltown

    I think the belief is they will atleast resign Al Woods.. and then either Hood or Keisel as well to allow Arnfelt and Williams another year to develop

  • dkoy85

    Perhaps, but I think they are hoping to not have many, if any, positions of need after next year. We honestly are only a few filled spots from being a well rounded team and a young team on top of it. If they bang out FA right this year and hit the draft right, they’ll have quality starters and depth with young-ens waiting to hop in. High quality FA’s next year would just be luxury pics- and who knows, maybe they’ll nail it this year and have extra cash to spend on a higher profile FA next.

  • joed32

    He had 5 sacks the year before playing as a backup and he missed 7 games in 4 years due to injury and 4 of those all came in 2011.

  • Rob

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go d-line in the first round. Colbert has said in plenty of interviews that the defense starts with the d-line… I still wouldn’t mind seeing them sign someone like Tyson Jackson who is a free agent from Kansas city

  • chris ward

    After Woodley got his contract in 2011, he just couldn’t stay healthy the past 3 seasons. Steelers will need to address OLB in the draft, need some depth behind Worilds and Jones.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Correct, and the Steelers are carrying $4.3 million in dead money for him this year.

  • Michelob

    Woodley’s inability to stay healthy the last three years is unfortunate. A lot of fans are likely happy to see him go.

    I’ll always appreciate Woodley’s contribution to the Steelers legendary Super Bowl champion defense of 2008. The guy also had multiple sacks in each of his first four postseason games.

  • cp72

    I honestly think Woods can be a really solid starter. Right now he just flashes but you can see a skill set there. Kinda reminds me of Heyward in that regard. I think all he needs is some playing time. I don’t think there is a coach on our team that develops guys as well as Mitchell and I think Woods could be the next project to make good.

  • NW86

    Good points, and you are absolutely right about this giving Jason an edge in negotiation. However, I tend to lean toward the first thought – they’ve already agreed on a contract and the news just hasn’t been released yet.
    I don’t think Worilds would have refused to sign – if he was told he was the starter, that’s true whether Woodley is there or not.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The best stretch of his career, the four games before his hamstring injury in 2011 when he had 7.5 sacks, came in the same four games Harrison missed due to a broken orbital bone.

  • steelster

    offer a better solution for the steelers than worilds ?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    This makes a prospect like Kyle Van Noy (LB) (BYU) very interesting because he can play ILB AND OLB. He could back up both positions, and eventually work his way into either spot as a 3-down starter.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I also have a very high opinion of Woods and think he could be a candidate to start at defensive end. I would have him and Cotchery as the two highest priority free agents right now.

  • dkoy85

    Gotta admit I don’t know much about him but if he were able to do that I’d be happy with that.

  • steeltown

    Very true…. but 15 is too early for him and 46 is too late

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • Jason

    Lewis was going to walk regardless unless we lavished him with a ridiculous contract we couldn’t afford. He wanted to play for his hometown Saints.

  • Dan

    How do they keep Ike I can’t cover or pik off a pass cause I suk Taylor on this tm still to. He’s gots Togo

  • dkoy85

    Direct quote from Verner-

    “I would feel more obliged to go to a team that paid me $6 or $7 million and made me one of the highest-paid players on the team,” Vernor explained, “than go to a team that paid me $8 or $9 million and I wasn’t one of the highest-paid players on the team.”

    Makes you believe the Steelers have a chance. He also said he wants to go to a team with a winning culture and the only other teams besides the Steelers rumored to be interested in him are the Vikings, Lions, Redskins and Rams- I’d have to say nobody in that list has a better winning culture or QB than the Steelers. They very well could show him the respect he wants by releasing Taylor and giving him his money.

  • NW86

    Not sure why that quote leads toward the Steelers – they have more players making over ~$8M/yr than most teams do.

  • steelster

    ok good point, but he had played well for 4 games on a 60 million dollar contract. I would say Woodley got the better end of that deal and not the steelers.

  • James Kling

    Ike hasn’t been injured and has been sub-par for all of one year. If he takes a pay cut he stays.

  • steelster

    exactly

  • Matthew Marczi

    Granted, but that was due to health and not his abilities as a football player.

  • James Kling

    Bryant = bust.

  • dkoy85

    He said one of the highest paid players on the team- not the highest. Polamalu and Worilds(as of right now) would be paid higher than him on D and I think they’d be willing to go to $8mil a year for his services. Other than that you have Ben and Brown on the O. Like I said he also wants respect and terminating Taylor and replacing him with Verner AND making him one of the highest paid players on the team, I believe shows him the respect he wants. He also wants to go to a winning culture so over any other team with serious interest (unless Patriots or Denver want him) the Steelers would be the front runner.

  • ilamarca

    They can also roll over any unused $$ of the $8m they gain this year towards next years cap so there was absolutely no reason not to free up the $8m on 6/1.

  • cencalsteeler

    Taking emotion out of the equation, the move is the correct one. I disagree with a lot of the posts claiming that now the Steelers will be picking olb with their first pick. Depending on which void they fill through FA (wr or secondary) they will address the other with their first pick. With over 100 posts on this article, it surprises me that no one has mentioned Shaquille Barrett. With the hiring of Porter, it’s seems that if you connect the dots, that’s who will fill Woodley’s void.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Right.

  • dkoy85

    What I meant is if the Patriots and Broncos don’t make a run for him, and the Steelers do, you’d have to think the Steelers would be first in line in Verner’s eyes.

  • steeltown

    I can see them selecting Barrett in the late Rds.. he would easily replace Carter next year when he becomes a UFA

  • SFIC

    Barrett’s name has in fact come up in mock talk over the last few weeks…maybe not in this post though.

  • Matt Manzo

    I agree completly! We don’t need a round 1 OLB, not with Worilds locked up and JJones last years number 1. We need a solid back up! Round 3-5 for an OLB! Another 1st round OLB and we’re in the same boat in 2 years.

  • steelster

    agree, lets bite the bullet this year and maybe 1 big free agent next year remember they have to resign their own free agents in 2015.

  • Matt Manzo

    Only thing that scares me is people are starting to talk about drops with him.

  • Steelers12328882

    Right! We haven’t even signed Worilds yet.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I’m in for that! That guy could be great.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    only in the 2nd round, or draft down from 1st round pick.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    What if we were to see how interested he was then release ike if he wants to sign with the team, would that work?

  • alevin16

    Just our luck he’ll wind up on the Ravens and have an all pro year.

  • steelster

    actually, the steelers have had great luck in releasing players or not resigning them and them not doing well for other teams, a few exceptions such as keenen lewis.

  • Alan Felicia

    Would def look at Van Noy or Trent Murphy in the 2nd round.

  • J&LSteeler

    snappy! I like it…

  • steelster

    exactly, love this guy and we should be able to get him in the second round. The only question with him is he is a little undersized but more than makes up for it in instincts and athletic ability.

  • Superdriller316

    Or Shazier..

  • sean mcmartin

    I was hoping for a pay cut for woodley ..but maybe he wasn’t. who knows.
    Ike was sounding a bit defensive in an article where he was asked about his slipping skills and money. So he might be gone shortly as well. thats some money to get a Starter in FA.. I think they have made some good offseason moves so far. Still keeping the faith that they can reload and make a run at the SB.

  • J&LSteeler

    Doubt very much the F/O would entertain such negotiations that include one player designating another for dismissal. That’s not who the Rooneys or Steelers are…

  • J&LSteeler

    I agree. He better come back looking like he has something going on under those clothes!

  • Madi

    What a shame. The team basically had no choice. The guy is a great Steeler and his play has been underrated by fans in my opinion, but we just can’t afford that much money for someone off the field. Hopefully he proves them wrong and plays 16 games this year.

  • whisn

    i said when we signed him to the fat contract it was a mistake, so i’m glad to be proved right. One of the most over-rated steeler linebackers ever!! Good riddance to bad rubbish. Worilds’s play showed him up in true light. I can’t believe people will jump at the chance to sign him? Funny how he was full of hunger pre-contract then seemed to go all sheepish once the money rolled in. JH played with a chronic back problem and looked better than Woodley. Today is great day.

  • Pete Johnson

    Dead money is dead money. Doesn’t matter what the cap is, we are still paying 14m over the next 2 years for absolutely nothing on the field. Zilch. 14m in cap room could get you 2 premier players on long term deals, if not 3.

  • steelster

    yes pete, you get it

  • Guest

    From the mouth of Bill Parcells you no good if your not on the field good riddence

  • John A Stewart

    Good riddance from the mouth of Bill Parcells your no good if your not on the field.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Do you have a point?

  • Bradys_Dad

    This stings a little. I’ll sure as heck miss the healthy Lamarr, but the business reality of the game is that you can’t have THAT amount of coin, hurt and riding the pine. I think he’ll be missed more in the locker room than anywhere else based on his recent health record. Both Larry and Lamarr ……. that’s heckuva lot of leadership lost. I hope some of the others (Timmons and Heyward?) step up and pave the way for the incoming youth movement.

  • Melly

    That was my thinking too. Why do him any favors? If u wait til June the draft is over and teams have alrdy made their major FA signings!! Now a team in our Div(lets say) can put money aside and make a run at him!

  • Melly

    I dont understand the need or the rush to make this announcement NOW?!? Pitt doesn’t benefit from it until after June 1st. Why do this in March right b4 FA is to begin??? Its called leverage and Worilds IS NOT signed yet. SMH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • T R

    As much as i love Woodley, this had to be done… the Steelers loved and respected him another to release him right now so he can get the first jump at a new team and get his money again… but the sympathy game doesnt win championships anymore.. this is a business and you have to treat it as such… Much luv to Woodley and i hope he gets all he deserve and he will always be a Steeler… I was so fortunate to have met him at training camp..

  • Brendon Glad

    Very good move. No reason to believe he will ever have the same flexibility in his legs now that he has scar tissue building up on so many different parts of his legs. It’ll take a lot more diligence about his legs than he’s appeared willing to adhere to. So if he has a few great years post-Steelers it will probably be BECAUSE he got cut, rather than some huge mistake that they cut him. I’m all-in on that move.

  • Russian Steel

    glad that lazy bastard is finally gone. Pittsburgh deserves an apology from that a-hole for taking the big money and coasting…was good early obviously but a real man would have the decency to still try his best in training, etc even after gaining financial security. he was nothing but a cancer last couple years. and save your breath saying he helped get us a super bowl…I know he did, but it still doesn’t excuse last couple of years that he screwed us. Take Timmons…a real man for being consistently good and IN SHAPE even after he got big money

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Just for an Update per Adam Schefter Louis Delmas has signed with the Dolphins

  • pittsburghjoe

    I dont think we will see much from Jones until his third year. He still needs to gain size and work on his moves. This wont all happen this year.

  • J Alfonso Ortega Lima

    I really don’t like this move, they already are cap compliant and with money coming from Ike’s renegotiation and Worils’s long term deal, there was
    no urgency to cut Lamar, now they only have Worils who as awesome all of 9 games las year, and Jones who was just ok, why not keep Lamar and have Jones earn
    his spot? How is every steeler fan to feel if Llamar stays healthy, for once, and goes somewhere else to have the season he owes the steelers. This move saves money
    But does not make the steelers better.

  • Brian Tollini

    It is one thing to say this, it is quite another to do it. It the Rams offer him 4/$42 and the Steelers offer 4/$32, I can pretty much guarantee he takes the money….hope he proves me wrong.

  • alex

    i hear you on the ‘dead money’ thing…looks like they just decided to rip the band-aid off now and have an extra year to draft/sign/grow the replacement…

    but, then, what is our greatest need now!?

    CB/OLB/ILB/SS/DE?

    making these decisions on cap $$ is just the start, who we sign in FA to fill what gap is gonna be key now…

  • alex

    does that depend on the size of the new contract or his performance in 2014?

  • ATL96STEELER

    The reality is here. It’ll be interesting to see where he lands…he’s been a very good player as an OLB, but imo he just doesn’t have the legs to play 16 games at that position…I feel he can be a solid 4-3 DE.

  • AndyR34

    Easy call…Steelers almost always draft an LB in every draft. Sometimes ILB…sometimes OLB…sometimes both. Just like they almost always draft a WR and a DB. You can look it up! :)

  • AndyR34

    Don’t you know those stats qualify as “can’t stay on the field”??? LOL

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Despite releasing Woodley, I do not believe Worilds have much of leverage. If Kevin is in a win-now mode but doing it smartest way he can, he’ll tell Jason “Look, we want you to stay here but we won’t overpay you. If we can’t reach to an agreement, we will have a year with you and you can go whereabout as you wish”.

    Also despite relasing Woodley, I don’t see any faith being put out there for Jones, I don’t see it as a sign of FO trusting JJ.

    I guess I just might be only one here but I do expect them to aggressively go after a player like Khalil Mack in the draft. Despite him being a top 5 player, many teams are wary of drafting one in top 5 for the obvious reasons. I’m actually seeing the Steelers trading away something like 1st, 2nd, and 5th. Kevin knows if they land Mack, sign some good FAs, they just might be back to playoff, plus it’ll give JJ some competition along with Worilds, no guarantee of starting.

    Again, its just me I guess.

  • TJ Solomon

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why the Steelers do not trade guys like Woodley. If anyone has an educated answer I would really appreciate it.

  • RyanW

    Would love to have Van Noy

  • Nolrog

    Interesting that when I asked the question during the season if Worilds play would give them the option to move on from Woodley and people thought I was crazy, and that’s exactly what has come to pass.

  • Nolrog

    Outside LB isn’t a huge need. We have 2 starters, need depth sure but it’s not a huge need. In the secondary, we have one safety that has a year or two left, and one corner that maybe doesn’t have that much time and the other side at both positions is an unproven guy. DB is a huge need.

  • MC

    Made sense but it definitely is surreal as someone mentioned earlier.
    I like Worilds going forward, i’ve always liked him even when he wasn’t a starter because i knew he had the work ethic that Woodley didn’t seem to have, he just needed to get comfortable with the defense.
    Worilds seems a lil more invested in football too. I feel he fits the steelers mold more than Woodley. It’s just a shame about Wood though, the way he started his career it looked like we had the next Joey Porter only more athletic. We’ll never know for sure if that big contract killed his motivation but it certainly seems like it did. I wish him the best for the future..

  • Nolrog

    They could still clear up space and use all that now on free agency. They do not have to clear space for signing draft picks and money in the season. They can use the 8 million that is saved by Woodley’s cut for that.

  • RyanW

    I cant believe how many people on like espn and nfls site are saying Woodley was. Never dominant and his contract shouldve never been given. You cant predict injuries and he did earn it at the time. Its like remember when Harrison got injured Woodley still dominated even when there was more preassure on him. Obviously after the initial injury he dropped off but still played well when healthy. Just couldnt stay that way.

  • mlc43

    I would assume it is due to the fact that to trade him would require the other team to take on his contract. That would be extremely hard to pull off in this situation.

  • MC

    If he kept playing how he did before injuries he could of been a potential hall of famer.

  • Nolrog

    Dead money is money we have already spent but have not accounted for. We’re paying 14 million in cap space for the next to years to cover money that he already received for previous services rendered.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If our depth at OLB was bad before Woodley’s release what is it now? Now OLB is a HUGE need in the draft.

  • Nolrog

    No it’s not. Huge needs are positions where we have nothing (or soon will have nothing.) NT, DE, CB, S are huge needs. At OLB, we need depth, sure, but we have 2 starters already.

  • AndyR34

    Pretty plain and simple! I would expect a fifth-grader to understand the concept! LOL

  • steelster

    as a gm would you take a injury prone overpaid player. That is why they can’t trade him.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    NT we have our starter, CB we have our starters and OLB we may have our starters but one guy has given us nothing to this point and we have no one else that is on the roster. I consider that huge. Only one guys who has produced for all of 8 games. That is a risk at a position where we need splash plays and it is our thinnest position with the smallest amount of experience. You may not consider that huge but I do.

  • Eddie Cruz

    Im very pleased that the steelers released Woodley. I always was a fan and he actually seemed to be the better pick between Timmons and himself early on. However when you look at the long term, Timmons is earning his pay and unfortunately Woodley has been injury prone/ unlucky. I thank him for his service, but we all know team comes first. I wish him well, and hopefully he does not make the steelers regret this and Worilds proves to be a better long term option. I knew Worilds was not going to come back as a backup, so maybe im on to something.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Thank you.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Worth noting…the last time the Steelers were this thin at OLB, they drafted Jason Worilds in the second round. Also took another OLB in round four.

  • JAMESH

    We owe Woodley nothing as a courtesy and should not release him until June 1. Hypothetical: Worilds and Jarvis get killed in a car accident next month. Cold, but this is a business. Just sayin’.

  • Jones

    I think you’re missing the point. While technically speaking $100 is $100, it feels like a lot more when you only have $200 as opposed to when you have $10,000.

    Would you rather spend that money now, when it’s a larger portion of what you have available, or later when you’ll likely have a little more to spare?

    That’s more or less what the Steelers are facing with Woodley’s dead money/salary.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    So the Steelers got a nice team friendly deal on his rookie contract as he started quickly and performed well …remember how they could not re-up him because of some silly rule? Then contract two was extremely player friendly. So how much did the Steelers ultimately pay contract for how many years in contract #2?

  • steeltown

    I said DB is a huge need. Regarding OLB we have C.Carter and Jamaal Westerman for depth right now and Garvin will be needed inside, yes, we need fresh OLB blood, badly

  • steelster

    Woodley had a 61 million dollar contract and by releasing him they save 25 million dollars(The tolal of his 2015 and 2016 salaries). So they ended up paying him 36 million.

  • Louis Goetz

    They just gave a Brinks Truck to Jason Worilds and drafted Jarvis Jones in the 1st round last year, so OLB is set. The best defensive player is now ILB Lawrence Timmons and he is paired with either Vince Williams or Sean Spence. I don’t see them taking a linebacker with anything early.

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