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.