Report: Steelers Have Multi-Year Offer On Table For LB Jason Worilds

I thought that I posted about this on Thursday, but apparently the server gremlin ate the story.

By the sound of things, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds won’t be the next player to have his contract extended. In fact, it’s looking more and more like the former second-round draft pick will play out the 2014 season under the transition tag.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers made a multi-year contract offer to Worilds earlier in the offseason and he turned it down. Bouchette doesn’t know the exact parameters of that offer, but he does say it’s a take it or leave it deal that’s still on the table.

This report makes sense and I wouldn’t doubt that the offer made to Worilds has a yearly average well below $9.7 million, which is the amount he will make in 2014 after signing the transition tag back in March. In addition, the guaranteed money is probably not to Worilds’ liking.

As of today, there are 85 days left for the two sides to get an extension worked out, but it sounds like the Steelers won’t be budging. With $9.7 million going in his bank account this season, Worilds will probably be best served to bet on himself this season. If he has a great 2014, he will likely be tagged again. If he doesn’t, he’s still young enough that another team would likely be willing to give him a deal.

Worilds missed all but one of the OTA practices with a calf injury.

  • steeltown

    Well lets get an offer on the table for Cortez Allen as well

  • Big White

    I’m shocked, even if the offer is a modest one. I think the best approach for Worilds & the Steelers is a wait and see. Keeping people in a “contract year” has proven throughout the league to be a good motivator.

  • Michael Pearce

    Worilds is playing his last year in the Steel City. Money will go to someone who wants to be in Pittsburgh.

  • 2443scott

    if he dont sign ..only thing that will save him in pittsburgh will be a linemans dream season …look for steelers then in free agency for a lber next year and also in the draft ….

  • Biggie

    I want Allen extended moreso than Worilds at this point, though I’d like them both back I see Worilds going ala K. Lewis. We’ll be looking hard for next OLB next year again, hopefully some of the young guys step up and learn well this year and at the very least we have solid depth behind Worilds/J.Jones so that we only need to address the one starting position. Get Allen back and then next year we just would need to hit OLB and opposite CB in draft next year. Lose Allen then we are short 2 starters as Ike isn’t going to be around more than 2 years I think. There are some serious OLB that project 1st round next year but have to figure who fits us. Beasley from Clemson, Jenkins from Georgia, Fields from TCU DE/OLB, Calhoun from Mich. St DE/OLB, Fackrell from Utah State and Williams from Notre Dame.

  • Worilds wants to be here, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t has signed his tag so fast and could have shopped his services like Alex Mack did. If he values himself more wants then what Colbert and Kahn are willing to give him, they still will be able to franchise him next year while they recruit and train his replacement. Either way the ball is in the Steelers front offices court. They ultimately will decide on what to do with him.

  • srdan

    Grain of salt….please

  • 804Stiller

    Wouldn’t this increase the likelihood of them resigning Harrison? Guys playing under one years deals have to play hard but tend to be less likely to play through any type of injury. Not much behind Worilds and Jones at this point.

  • steeltown

    Would love to have Moats and Harrison behind Worilds and Jones

  • Crowned

    Silly comment. Won’t take less money so he doesn’t want to be in Pittsburgh… give me a break.

  • Big White

    Why not just trade Worilds? Bring in Harrison like you stated and perhaps receive a mid first rounder? I can’t imagine the Steelers slapping another tag on him at the end of the year, and you don’t want to just let him walk for nothing. Not my preference, but hey sometimes you have to take your medicine and move on.

  • steeltown

    No way we’d get a mid first rounder for him first off, secondly I don’t see any Teams giving Worilds a contract AND the Steelers a draft pick for his services, not at this point.

    They most certainly could slap another tag on him next offseason (if he excels this yr) The purpose of the tag is to keep the rights of a highly valued player for several months, so negotiations can continue. The goal would be to get him locked up before the ’15 regular season.

  • Big White

    Extending Allen makes even more sense with the Steelers passing on Dennard in the draft.

  • wdhammer

    8 good games don’t make a career .caution here ,lets see if he stays healthy

  • wdhammer

    harrison can’t play anymore

  • srdan

    huh? At an MVP level, you are right, but as an adequate backup, don’t be surprised.

  • Zach

    Very very curious to hear what the Steelers’ offer is. It must be a very modest one (max 7 Mil/yr) with as little as 15 Mil guaranteed, just to see if Worilds would bite. Apparently he didn’t.

  • Paul R

    we can also franchise tag him next year (exclusive or non-exclusive) to get another year if we desire.


    This makes sense for both sides…Worilds hasn’t earned a Kruger like contract…based on his current body of work and some potential I’m sure, they showed they are willing to commit long term (and lower his ’14 cap hit)…

  • Zurich1012

    I dont think Worilds has proven anything at least enough to justify a huge contract. Its better to wait and see what type of player he will be now that he has had some success. He is still a long way off from being a dominating linebacker. Losing Keenan Lewis was a mistake but to overpay Worilds because of that mistake wouldn’t be wise. IMO I think he is an average player

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I think Allen will be easier to reason with, and will be cheaper to work as well, so i’m thinking were just trying to get him out of the way first

  • pat

    I could see the Titans being interested in Worilds

  • gene mann

    well if worlids wants to get paid he has to have a monsterus year which will help the steelers. then we can either Franchise him or let him walk like Wallace. I still liketo see him stay healthy for a full season first.

  • Matt Manzo

    My thoughts exactly! I’m actually impressed with the FO if it is a take it or leave it deal. Not one ounce of me feels like paying him top dollar! And I’m glad the FO feels the same!
    I would actually enjoy tossing him and targeting an OLB in the draft, with a CB!
    He hasn’t done anything that makes me believe he belongs in Black n Gold. I’m not saying he sucks, but he’s not a Steeler to me.
    I’m proud of the FO for not fearing the KLewis situation and treating Worilds like he’s anything similar.
    Even if he has a great year in 14, I don’t think he’s worth 9 mil a year! Too much of him reminds me of Wallace, Sanders and Hood. Not a bad player, not a bad person, just not a Steeler!

  • Dan

    I think he is an above average player, and certainly has the potential to be a really steller player…but also has the potential to be a regular on the IR list. I’ll assume the amounts in the offer are based on the correctly calculated risks and we’ll see what happens. If our LB corps shines this year with new blood, it will be easier to fill his void in ’15. This will be a telling year. Exciting!

  • Lil Smitty

    Would they have room if Worilds decide to sign? I would hope that the contract with Worilds would be alot less than Tagged numbers. If they aren’t he is crazy to not sign. He had only 8 good games.
    I hope they can work out a deal with Cortez Allan.

  • joed32

    He did play in 15 games last year and 16 in 2012.

  • Zurich1012

    He hasn’t established himself as above average yet. It takes time for allot of these guys to make an impact and so maybe this is the year it happens. What James Harrison went through to finally make it is something that always looms in the back of my head. This site even showed his sack breakdown and how they were achieved. Some of them came from offensive lineman falling down. If were talking about a significant contract increase that will have an impact on the overall salary cap then the word average cannot be in the discussion whether its average or above average. Patience and seeing allot more is the prudent thing to do here

  • Johnny Loose

    Get an extension worked out for Allen then. I’d really like to see them lock him up I’d feel much better moving forward.

  • ApexSteel

    He’s missed 7 games in 4 years and just 1 in the past two. 18 career sacks, plenty of pressures, and good run defense. Add the fact that he’s our best OLB and I say he deserves a contract.

  • Steelers12328882

    Although I agree, I’m not so sure that’s gonna happen either. I agree with Kozora that Allen probably wants 5 mil/year and will bet on himself this year that he plays up to that price. We very well could be without both Worilds and Allen this time next year, but could also tag one of them.

  • Steelers12328882

    If Worilds signed it would lower his cap hit this year.

  • wdhammer

    he missed more than that .i GIVE you this he’s our best lb . All UI say is lets see a little more.

  • Rufus Benard

    I simply can not believe how badly the Steelers are desperately trying to dig a hole. I wouldn’t have offered him a dollar. We have had him for 5 years going into his 6th season. Have they no learned anything from the Woodley disaster? At least Woodley produced. Place Spence in the middle and Shazier on the outside. Could be the best linebacking corps in the NFL. Worlds was playing in front of Cam. My 12 year old kid could have made those sacks. He brings nothing to the table and is a far cry from a Porter, Harrison (whom they should sign) and other real OLBS. He is going to be the weak link in our defense.

  • Rufus Benard

    Worlds is gone after this season and I bet in two years he is working at Burger king.

  • ApexSteel

    No he didn’t miss any more that that.

  • joed32

    Our OLBs need to play like DEs in a 4-3, Shazier isn’t big enough or strong enough to take on NFL tackles vs the run.

  • Labrat0116

    Personally, I worried about his calf injury.

    Look how dibilitaing that calf injury was and how long it took him out of action. NOT a good sign IMHO.

  • Labrat0116

    If he and his agent were smart, the would JUMP at the opportunity to sign right now! He is still and relatively unproven (just a few games last season) long term beast. High potential, yes. high risk to the Steelers…. YES! Especially with this calf injury thing going on.

  • Steelers@2010

    According to the article, they have had an offer on the table since early in the offseason. It appears he wants more.

  • Steelers@2010

    It’s not so much about him taking less money; it’s about the Steelers offering the kid a fair contract based off his performance and the amount of time he has been injured since he arrived their in Pittsburgh. I agree, if he wants to gamble on himself for 2015, he has the right to do so. I’m glad the Steelers aren’t about to throw the bank at this kid though, especially when he has been hurt more often than he has been on the field.

  • Steelers@2010

    I’m glad they passed on Dennard; according to most NFL Scouts, they do not expect Dennard’s game to transition that well into the NFL. The Steelers were targeting the CB out of Oklahoma State, but Cleveland selected him with the 8th pick last month. I agree, extend Allen, then look for an OLB and CB next year.

  • Steelers@2010

    James Harrison is Done! Time to move on.

  • Pete Johnson

    It amazes me how few realize the impact of a guy actually playing under the franchise tag and the colossal cap hit that goes with it. The franchise tag is mostly used to buy time, and if a deal isn’t worked out the cap ramifications are huge. Tag him again next year?? LOL, and pay him 22m over 2 years, when long term contracts aren’t guaranteeing that for 5 years these days, great plan. Playing that game just handcuffs the team cap wise and no one ever wants to see the player collect all that (direct against the cap) money for 1 year much less 2. Do you realize what 12m in cap dollars can get you on the FA market these days? Literally 3 Pro Bowl players on long term deals. To have that tied up in one guy is ludicrous.

    Worilds knew exactly what he was doing when he ran and signed that tag, he knew that there was no way he was going to get much more guaranteed even with a long term deal. Now he has all the leverage, and as Dave has said many times if the Steelers offer isn’t at a bare minimum Kruger like in terms of AAV/guarantees he is not signing. He will play it out, and if he gets a long term deal from someone next year have his 3 year payout be around 30-32m when all is said and done, thanks in part to the 10m the Steelers guaranteed him for 1 year.

  • Steelers@2010

    My original message was deleted, so I guess I need to hold back my emotions and tone it down. I’m sure the Rooney’s offered him a decent contract, if he feels he is worth more, I support the organization in allowing him to play the season out and walking after 2014.

  • MC

    Spence hasn’t played a down of regular season football and is coming off a serious knee injury. Shazier hasn’t played a snap either, how do you know they would make the best lb core in the NFL?
    I think if Wordils can avoid injury he will be our most consistent linebacker outside of Timmons this season. Worilds is a our best pass rusher (which isn’t that difficult with our roster) on the team, Jones is the one i’m worried about.

  • MC

    I have optimistically supported Worilds since he was drafted, i know he cops a lot of flak but i still think he has the talent and work ethic to be a real good player.
    If he can stay healthy i think he will have very good season. If he doesn’t ill eat my crow.

  • steeltown

    Yes he may want $5MIL per, but I hope to read reports, like the one above, that we atleast put an offer on the table

  • Shannon Stephenson

    For a guy that is always banged up it seems he is surely throwing the dice on the crap table. I hope he is healthy and we can get a deal done.