Steelers LB Jason Worilds Taking One Day At A Time Approach To Contract Situation

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds failed to practice again on Tuesday, but he did talk to the media afterwards

With Worilds currently playing under the one-year transition tender that he signed back in March, he was asked if he’d still like to get a long-term deal done with the Steelers prior to the start of the season.

“Absolutely, as far as the long-term,” said Worilds, who is set to earn $9.754 million in 2014. “You put so much time and effort in with these, you want to be there for the duration of your career. So that would be extremely significant.”

While an extension would indeed be significant for Worilds, there’s been no indications that the former second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech will receive one prior to the start of the season. He also didn’t sound too confident on Tuesday when asked if he thought it would happen.

“You hope so,” said Worilds. “But, it’s like one day at a time. I think if I continue with that approach, everything will fall into place.”

As I have noted several times during the offseason, unless Worilds is willing to give the Steelers one heck of discount as far as guaranteed money and average yearly value goes, the team is likely best served having him play out his one-year transition tag like they did with former tackle Max Starks back in 2008.

There’s still a few questions as to whether or not Worilds can be the long-term answer at left outside linebacker. If he can follow up his 2013 season with an even better 2014 season, the Steelers can tag him next offseason and reboot the whole process over again. Should, however, Worilds take a step backwards in 2014, at least there won’t be any potential dead money associated with him.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    What once was a position of strength on this team has now become questionable. Going into the season, or training camp I suppose, it’s obvious that the vulnerability of this defense will be on the edges with the OLBs and CBs. Hopefully things fall into place and players make considerable strides in improvement to surprise the coaches and FO (though they wouldn’t admit to it). It seems as of now what positions on defense this organization must look to address in next years draft and possibly in free agency. I for one just don’t think that Worilds is “the guy”. I do look forward to his performance this season proving me wrong.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Well, last year we were weak on the edges and down the middle. I think we at least have dealt with one of those issues, and I hope that Jones takes a step up. I do think the article is right though, you let him play this out. You think you are a long-term starter….prove it! If he falls on his face and sucks, we might not want him back anyway. If he is a stud, you can always franchise tag him.

  • shawn

    “If he can follow up his 2013 season with an even better 2014 season, the Steelers can tag him next offseason and reboot the whole process over again.”

    If he has a much better season than last year … we aren’t likely to reboot anything as he will likely be priced out of our budget and will be as good as gone!


    Assuming Tuitt develops as they think he will…I think the strength of the DEF will eventually be the DL…I’m skeptical as well that Worilds is going to be a stud long term.

    If he has a similar yr to last, he will get a $40 mil + deal…if he’s good but not great…I can see him back here with a high 20s low 30s type contract.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    franchise tag is a set number (top 5 average salaries at the position) . it wont matter if he does good or does horrible. the franchise tag wont change.

  • SteelersDepot

    You must be forgetting the tag.

  • ApexSteel

    According to Mark Kaboly, it’s not serious and he just doesn’t see the need to risk it. I agree. A 4 year vet isn’t going to get much better running around in shorts reviewing the basics.

  • Steve

    Time for Worlds to show us what he’s got. Time to put up or shut up.

  • shawn

    how much you estimate the tag to be ( 11-12mil ) …. and do you really think they would franchise him … and if so wouldnt that just prolong the agony one more year … i think there would be a decent chance they would just move on, no ?

  • PA2AK

    I would agree if they had depth that could jump in and start…

  • PA2AK

    Agreed. There wasn’t the right value at the position in this years draft. Thought they did well there. Right now it looks like we have a few band-aides unless they prove us wrong. Worild could be OK, but it’d be a surprise to see him blossom into a long term starter. Seems pretty obvious where they will focus next offseason/draft. At least the ILB, DL, and S positions are trending in the right direction.

  • SteelersDepot

    If his play improves again in 2014 I would tag him again

  • Brian Miller

    The fact that he is currently “pulling a Woodley” and missing time proves that this is a good move to keep him under the transition tag. He had a good 8 games last year, but he sure wasn’t that great the first 8, and how many times has he been gimpy in the preseason? IMO this is what the transition tag was designed for, and will force him to prove his worth over the next 2 seasons, or he will be gone and we will be drafting another OLB with the #16 overall pick…

  • Ryan

    If they do sign him long term they better hope theres injury protection language. While most of Worilds injuries have been fairly minor and spread out it would still be smart to have an out that works for both team and player.

  • walter mason

    I think we are much thinner at OLB than CB.

  • Matt Manzo

    He’s starting to remind me of Mendenhall and Sanders! He’s the only one on the team in not 100% behind. He’d better have a good year this year!

  • shawn

    WR as well looks locked up for the foreseeable future … main areas to work on are CB-lockdown playmaker, TE-Athletic flex out or Heath’s eventual replacement & OLB …

    I see those as our biggest needs, which can easily be had in one draft 1-3 rnds next yr …

    Hopefully Munchak gets our OL tuned up and we dont need much help there & one of our DBs (Black or Shaq,etc) turn into a good replacement for Gay at the nickel position and we should be completely set

    Maybe a punter if Wing or whoever else doesnt work out …. but either way looks like the rebuild job should be finished next year with the Draft and a possible FA or 2 !

  • shawn

    i know … if he does bad we obviously wont tag or even keep him on the roster …. and if he does good we might tag him for one more year (most likely) but after that I would say he’s gone after prepping his replacement in next years draft !