Report: Steelers LB Jason Worilds Never Received A Contract Offer

Just last week, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers made a multi-year contract offer to outside linebacker Jason Worilds awhile ago and that it wasn’t accepted. According to a Wednesday report by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, Worilds hasn’t been offered a contract since he signed his one-year transition tender back in March.

“An absolute lie,” an anonymous source told Kaboly concerning the recent Worilds contract offer report filed by Bouchette.

Worilds, who is currently scheduled to earn $9.745 million in 2014 if no new deal is in place by the start of the season, hasn’t had much to say about his current situation outside of saying that he hopes to get a long-term deal and that he’s taking it one day at a time as far as his approach to it goes.

As far as Bouchette’s report goes, he did not say when exactly the contract offer was made to Worilds outside of it being “awhile ago”.

Looking from things from the outside, it does not look as though the Steelers will get Worilds signed to an extension prior to the start of the season.

The last time that the Steelers used the transition tag was in 2008 when tackle Max Starks received it. Starks, however, didn’t receive a long-term deal prior to the start of that season. He was ultimately given the franchise tag the following offseason and a long-term deal followed prior to the start of the 2009 season.

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  • steeltown

    Interesting…

  • Madi

    This has to be a mistake. The report was from Ed Bouchette. It is FACT.

  • srdan

    lol

  • srdan

    Grain of salt….please

  • steeltown

    Most reports are from inside “sources” so its all up for debate… until I hear directly from the Team or Agent, I take it with a grain of salt

  • george

    Yes just like his report that Archer blew off the first week of OTAs.

  • steelster

    and I will have a shot of tequila with that please.

  • Biggie

    Until the FO says there’s an offer or not I don’t even listen. They all claim to have inside info and they don’t, most of it is nothing but a guess till the FO states it. Hoping they get some long term deals done prior to season. Allen is first to me. Eventually Ben will get his money so I am not worrying there, the FO is not letting him get away.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Ed Bouchette got something wrong. Huh. Also, water is wet.

  • NW86

    My thoughts exactly. Can we all collectively just stop listening to/reading crap that he writes?

  • Madi

    I still believe it! How dare Archer! And then to get the entire rest of the NFL to participate in the same cover-up… Shameful!

  • Steve

    Think Ed is getting dementia and dreaming this stuff up for a story. Better get his facts strait next time.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    In all seriousness, though…

    The LOLB situation is quite concerning. If Worilds performs well this year, we probably can’t afford him. If he performs poorly or gets hurt, we probably don’t WANT to pay him a big extension.

    As much as it pains me to say it, we could be drafting an OLB in the 1st round for the third straight year. At least the 2nd or 3rd round. You just don’t get pass rushers in free agency for cheap.

    Based on past experience, the Steelers front office is much more likely to draft a pass rusher early than a CB early.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Could see this playing out like the Max Starks situation. I like the Teams position right now. Let Worilds play this year and if he has a beast of a year they can re tag him with the idea that they would like to get him signed long term or if he has a down year just let him walk. Either way you got you OLB for this season and possibly the next two.

  • steelant

    worilds is a damn lier

  • Steelers@2010

    Normally if the report comes from Ed, it’s legite.

  • joed32

    It’s his word against Bouchette’s.

  • Miguelipto

    you have proof of that ?

  • Matt Pella

    Bouchette is an idiot. He just said that Dri Archer “blew off” OTAs and now this? Why isn’t the media held accountable for this nonsense? He’s messing with the public’s perception of these guys and it’s not fair to them at all. Why would the Steelers organization still allow him inside access when he continues to spread slander?

  • steelant

    well regardless worilds looks like hes aiming for greener pastures

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    i agree. it’s very irresponsible on their part and does mess with the public perception of that player. Too bad the public doesn’t change their perception about the media. They constantly get lied to and believe everything. I also agree with Dave’s take on the situation. More than likely they’ll let him play out the transition tag and see what kind of season he puts together. If he proves he can make an impact, they’ll franchise tag him and try to get him under contract. If they don’t see him worthy of a contract, they’ll either let him walk, or play out the franchise tag while they figure who will start in 2016. I think Worilds will be a starting OLB with the Steelers for the next two seasons at least, provided he can stay healthy and contribute. I also think there’s a good chance we go OLB early in the draft next year provided the value is there.

  • Matt Pella

    I just read that Bouchette is now being honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Seriously?

  • AzheDraven

    Maybe a while ago was last season?

  • Dan

    “on the table” “made an offer” “received an offer”, it’s all symantecs. Almost certainly there have been conversations between the team and his agent and in these conversations numbers were thrown around, perhaps in the form of suggestions or innuendo’s like “interested in x years” or “we may be able to do $x” but the fact that the aspects of the discussions are making it to the media, either means they’re getting close or things are beginning to sour. Perhaps negotiating tactics or maybe it’s a no-go. Nothing matters until something is signed.

  • Zach

    Shazier will play ILB.

  • John C

    My rule of thumb when it comes to something that Ed Bouchette reports is to not believe it unless someone else reports the same thing. I will never be Bouchetted again!

  • CrazyTerry

    Say goodbye to Worldis. If things go well, he wont be affordable. The only way Sateelers come out ahead on this guy is if he helps them win a playoff game or two and justify the short term one year cap hit.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    figures