Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds (93) rushes the passer with Buffalo Bills tackle Erik Pears (79) blocking during the third quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won the game 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Jason Worilds receives transition tag from Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh have applied the transition tag to outside lienbacker Jason Worilds after it appeared that the club would be unable to retain him in free agency. The use of the transition tag means the Steelers will be able to match any offer to Worilds.

Worilds is a bit of a late bloomer after struggling to see the field early in his NFL career, but in his fourth NFL season came on strong at the end of 2013 with seven sacks in the final eight games and looks like the prototypical outside linebacker in the Steelers 3-4 defense.

With last year’s first round pick Jarvis Jones having a disappointing rookie season the Steelers could not afford to let Worilds walk for nothing, so at least they have the opportunity to match any offer for the rising pass rusher.

The transition tag isn’t as popular as the franchise tag, but what the transition tag means is Worilds will receive a one-year deal for the average of the top 10 salaries at his position.

Another casualty of the Worilds decision could be the departure of cornerback Ike Taylor who may have to find a new place to all home in 2014.




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