Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) calls a play against Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds (93) during the second half at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won the game, 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers LB rejected offer already

It’s been no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers are having a tough time finding a long term deal for linebacker Jason Worilds. Now it appears that the real difficulty stems from a standoff between the two parties. Steelers management made their offer a while ago and while that offer stands, the team isn’t budging any higher for Worilds.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote:

Turns out, the Steelers made Jason Worilds a multi-year contract offer awhile ago, sources say. His side did not accept it. I have no idea what that offer was, but I am told that offer stands and they will go no higher, that he either takes it or plays this season for the $9.7 million one-year deal he signed as their transition player.

Whatever that offer may be, it’s clear that A) Worilds isn’t crazy about it and B) The Steelers aren’t crazy about upping it. One can’t really blame either party for their stance. Worilds has been a bit of a contract-year-wonder who represents another chance for Pittsburgh to get burned on a long term linebacker deal the way they did with Lamarr Woodley’s deal. Worilds landed 7 sacks in the last eight games of the season to warrant his initial transition tag, but such a limited sample size potentially lends itself to some great disappointment.

The two sides have until July 15th to sign a long-term deal. Otherwise, Worilds will play out the 2014 season under his transition tag. This appears to be an inevitability unless Worilds is willing to take a little less than he’d like to ensure he plays in black and yellow for years to come.


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  • PJ_CA

    Let’s be honest here: Is he a Pro-Bowler? Nope. Is he All-Pro? Nope. If the Steelers give good money to anyone, it should be Timmons (3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fum, and 86 tackles in 2013). Worlids needs to relax, he is an OLB, but not an elite one. He is injury prone – he is out right now with a calf injury. I hope the Steelers stick to their guns and let him walk if he wants ridiculous money. Especially when our QB (with 2 SB rings) is still waiting for a new contract as well. Worlids is decent, not great, and he wants what — Von Miller money? Slow down, you ain’t that good.

    • ApexSteel

      Overreaction much? First off, Timmons got paid so no let him have the money he’s making. Secondly, He’s missed a grand total of 7 games in 4 years and the calf injury he’s dealing with now isn’t serious. Lastly, no one (not Ed Bouchette, not Cork Buck, and certainly not Jason Worilds) said he wanted Von Miller money. It’s obvious that the situation is like Keenan Lewis’s back in early 2012 when he didn’t sign an extension because felt he was better than a nickleback and he didn’t want nickleback money. Worilds more than likely feels that he’s better than and average OLB and he wants to prove it. Stop overreacting.

      • PJ_CA

        His play was ranked 17th out of 35 OLB in the NFL last year, the avg salary for 3-4 OLBs is $1.1M. Let him take that or let him walk. One reason I am a Steelers fan is that tthey used to not over pay to keep avg to slightly above avg players, they should sick to that now. Or do you somehow believe the 4 YEAR veteran is somehow going to make a HUGE leap in production? I think not, we are not talking about James Harrison (in his prime) here. Name me a phase of the game where he is THAT much above a replacement that he deserves to be labeled much better than avg.
        BTW, refresh my memory, wasn’t LAST year a contract year for him? Oh yeah, it was (hence the Transition Tag). Did he light it up? Um, no. So how does he deserve a big deal?

        • ApexSteel

          17th where? You, much like a lot of other Steelers fans, forget that OLBs don’t just get paid for sacks.Worilds was a great run defender last year also so when teams pay they’re paying for the full package.

          Now when it comes to 4 year vets making huge leaps in production, look no further than the Steelers former OLB Jason Gildon. He had less sacks than Worilds after his 4th year in the league (With 8 more starts and 5 more games played than Worilds) then went on to have a great career. Oh and the guy you mentioned in your post, James Harrison. After his 4th year in the league his sack total continued to rise. He didn’t even have a sack in 06, but look what happened in 07. So yeah it does happen.

          And once again, because you obviously can’t read, NO ONE said he wanted some big “Von Miller” type deal. He is getting the opportunity to get the contract he believes he deserves by playing to the level he believes he can play at. Not the one that the Steelers handed him because of how he has played. He’s going about it the right way. He’s not holding out or complaining to the media. He’s taking a gamble by going out there and earning it. Like Keenan Lewis did and now he’s being paid starter money in New Orleans not Nickle back money in Pitt. So once again. STOP OVERREACTING.

  • Carl Eagan

    Tomlin and Colbet made a mistake signing him to the transition tag he isn’t that good, now that Heywood moved to the other side expect him to get his 3-4 sacks this year.