There is a growing belief in Pittsburgh that Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has become complacent after signing his six-year, $61.5 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed in August of 2011.
Woodley has missed nine games in the past two seasons and has only racked up 13 sacks since signing his new deal. Prior to the six-year contract, Woodley had racked up double-digit sacks in the previous three season.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Steelers are hoping Woodley will be more dedicated to offseason workouts this offseason.
Not only are the Steelers hoping for more from their outside linebacker, but an anonymous teammate ripped Woodley for being out of shape during the past two seasons and his lack of dedication to the workouts.
“He was awful,” the teammate said, per Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He tells us he works out, but we didn’t see it. He wasn’t in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt.”
Woodley will need to get back on the right track if he wants to achieve his goal of becoming one of the NFL greats. After signing his new deal, Woodley said that he didn’t want to be remembered for his money, but rather his achievements on the field.
“Ain’t no price tag on winning. Winning and making history is something you can’t buy. Me? I’m a guy who loves history. When I’m 60 or 70, I don’t want to be remembered for the money I make. I want to be in the history books,” Woodley said.
Pittsburgh will hope that Woodley rededicates himself and returns to his form from before the six-year contract. He will need to do just that if the Steelers hope to rebound after a disappointing 2012.