Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) gestures between drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pittsburgh Steelers Unlikely To Cut LaMarr Woodley Or Sign Jason Worilds

Since the clock hit triple zeroes and the Pittsburgh Steelers finished the 2013 season with the identical 8-8 record that they had in 2012, the biggest storyline surrounding the team has been what to do at the outside linebacker position pertaining to both LaMarr Woodley and unrestricted free agent Jason Worilds.

While many Steelers fans would hope the team would cut ties with Woodley and re-sign Worilds, at least one NFL insider doesn’t see that happening.

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

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora shed some light on the subject during an appearance on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, and what he said doesn’t provide a whole lot of optimism for the Steelers inking Worilds to a new deal.

La Canfora said in his opinion, he sees the Steelers keeping the high-priced Woodley around, despite a salary that will see him make $8 million in 2014 after he made $3.6 million in another unproductive season in 2013.

As I examined before, Woodley’s cap hit is even worse than his salary, as he will eat up $13.5 million in the 2014 season, compared to $9.1 million last year.

He also doesn’t believe that the Steelers will be able to sign Worilds as there will be a strong market for the four-year pro.

“I don’t think they’re cutting Woodley. I think there’s going to be a real strong market for Jason Worilds. I don’t think it’s limited to 3-4 teams, either. I think there are some 4-3 teams that are intrigued by him as well. I think he’s gone, I do. I think they’ll have a hard time retaining him.”

If that is the case, do the Steelers now turn their attention to looking for an outside linebacker in the draft for the second consecutive year?

Only one thing is for sure at this point and that is it is going to be very interesting to see how the Woodley-Worilds situation plays out as it will have a major impact on the rest of the Steelers’ offseason.

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  • Joshua Giovannone

    This guy hasn’t got a clue. He talked about the Steelers trading Ben so there’s your history on him…

    • Matt Shetler

      That was Ian Rappaport who had the Ben being traded stuff. La Canfora is much more reputable

      • Joshua Giovannone

        Oh alright. I thought I read it was him but I still hope he is wrong.

  • disqus_UxcsDwRD2u

    Man, if this is true, which i’ve come to learn not to believe anything to i hear it from the people who control such things, but if it’s true it’s the most idiotic move since letting Keenan Lewis go!!

  • William Cross

    Cut woodley, let worilds walk. Let someone off the street get hurt or play below average on that side. That’s what those 2 offer anyway.

  • Carl Eagan

    Cut Woodley and eat the cap hit, he’s going to be on the sidelines getting free money otherwise. Doesn’t matter is Worilds walks draft a decent replacement and pay Heywood who will make anybody on his side look good.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I don’t like what he had to say but it makes since. If the Steelers want to keep Worilds, using the franshise or transitional tag make sense. If Worilds hits the open market that means the Steelers couldn’t get a deal done, which means he’s is gone. They won’t begin the season with two unproven outside linebackers, so Woodley would stay.