September 9 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds (93) reacts after his sack of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (not pictured) during the first quarter at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors: Jason Worilds Drawing Interest From A Dozen Teams

Many feel that the Pittsburgh Steelers top priority this offseason is re-signing outside linebacker Jason Worilds.

Many also feel that will be as easy as cutting ties with fellow outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. However as I have noted in the past, it won’t be that simple for the Steelers to get a deal done with Worilds.

Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds (93) participates in agility drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Now, as expected, they have a ton of competition for the services of the fourth-year pro.

According to Tony Pauline of“at least a dozen” NFL teams have already expressed a lot of interest in Worilds.

Pauline also adds that Woodley’s deal will make it “very difficult if not impossible” to keep Worilds.

The Steelers have Woodley under contract for $8 million next season to go along with a cap hit of $13.59 million. Releasing him this offseason would free up $25.5 million in cap space over the next three years. However it’s the dead money this year that will eventually hurt the Steelers whether or not Woodley is on the roster or not.

Worilds is coming off of a solid year in 2013 and has said that he has no intention of taking a back seat in the coming years, so the Steelers would not only need to pay him a market value contract, but also assure him that he will be a starter moving forward.

The Virginia Tech product had 63 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles this season and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 12 3-4 outside linebacker in the league.

With so much competition for Worilds’ services, you know for a certainty that the price will be driven up. If that is the case, it could be impossible for the Steelers to pay Worilds what he is going to get from other teams.

The Steelers are projected to be around $10 million above the salary cap going into the offseason. While there are ways they can free up money, will they be able to free up enough to ink Worilds to a deal and still fill some other needs?

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  • William Cross

    Let Worilds walk, he had plenty of time to win a job and failed. Then along comes his contract year, and he finally plays ok… just ok. So now the guy is demanding a starting gig?

  • Carl Eagan

    He only played well riding Heywoods coattails. He isn’t good enough for a mega millions deal However he is better than Woodley to date.

  • Tommy Little

    BS Cross and Eagan – First and foremost JW played on the coattails of Woodley, when Woodley was having his better seasons. Now that its a given Woodley can’t stay healthy, its a huge need for many reasons to sign JW, ’cause he can and should start. Just go back and look at JW’s pics coming out of VA Tech and look at him today. This man has grown twice in size. He’s the 2nd coming of “the Beast.” Get it done Pittsburgh!