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Jason Worilds | Linebacker

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/3/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 262
College: Virginia Tech
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports transition-tagged OLB Jason Worilds rejected a multi-year offer from the Steelers "a while ago."
Beat writer Ed Bouchette acknowledges he has "no clue" what the offer was, but is informed that it still stands and the Steelers will go "no higher." It was reported earlier last week that the two sides have made "no progress" in long-term talks. We now know why. Worilds appears ready to play the 2014 season out on his one-year, $9.754 million tag and hit free agency next March. Jun 15 - 12:27 PM

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports there's been "no progress" in long-term talks between the Steelers and transition-tagged OLB Jason Worilds.

Worilds signed his one-year, $9.754 million tender in March, but the sides have made zero progress on a long-term agreement. Worilds hopes to finish his career in Pittsburgh. "You put so much time and effort into it with these guys, you want to be there for the duration of your career," Worilds said. "That would be extremely significant."
Jun 10 - 6:10 PM

According to the Post-Gazette, there have been no productive contract talks between transition tagged OLB Jason Worilds and the Steelers.

Despite interest from both sides on a long-term deal, it looks like Worilds will play out the one-year, $9.754 million tender he signed in March. Still just 26 years old, he's betting on himself with an eye on 2015 free agency. Worilds finally broke out last year, setting career highs in tackles (63), sacks (8) and forced fumbles (2) while ranking 12th in Pro Football Focus' 3-4 OLB grades. Redskins franchise player Brian Orakpo will set the market at the position next offseason.
May 28 - 7:45 AM

Steelers signed OLB Jason Worilds to a one-year, $9.754 million contract.

Worilds was slapped with the transition tag Monday. No offer sheets can come Worilds' way now. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Worilds and the Steelers have made progress toward a long-term deal, and that remains the goal for both parties. Worilds and Brian Orakpo were set to be the most coveted 3-4 edge rushers in free agency. Orakpo was franchise tagged and would cost two first-round picks to sign away from Washington, and Worilds is now locked in with Pittsburgh. OLB LaMarr Woodley is now expected to be cut by the Steelers.
Mar 4 - 11:59 AM

Steelers assigned the transition tag to OLB Jason Worilds.

Essentially extinct since the league made it fully guaranteed, the transition tag has now been used twice in one afternoon. It's a one-year, $9.754 million tender. It functions similarly to the lowest restricted free agent tender, giving the Steelers the right of first refusal on any offer sheet Worilds signs on the open market. If Worilds signs elsewhere and the Steelers decide not to match, they receive no compensation. The Steelers are saving $1.7 million by not using the franchise tag. Still only 26, Worilds was expected to generate major interest if he reached the open market, and that will still be the case. It's possible the cap-strapped Steelers will be faced with an offer they can't match. Eight of Worilds' 18 career sacks came in 2013.
Mar 3 - 3:59 PM

ESPN's Scott Brown does not like the Steelers' chances of re-signing free agent OLB Jason Worilds if he reaches the open market.

Brown believes the dearth of free agent pass rushers could push Worilds' asking price out of the Steelers' range. This opinion meshes with ESPN's Adam Caplan's report that "6-8 teams" could be in the hunt for the 26-year-old pass rusher. With OLB Lamar Woodley already accounting for $13.59 million of Pittsburgh's salary cap, it just does not make sense for them to re-sign Worilds. Worilds is our No. 2 free agent outside linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 1 - 12:32 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan stated on NFL Insiders that free agent OLB Jason Worilds could command $6-7 million on the open market.

Caplan reported that as many as "6-8 teams" could be in the hunt for Worilds, who is a 26-year-old pass rusher coming off a breakout, eight-sack season. Caplan believes it's very unlikely Worilds re-ups with the Steelers. Worilds is our No. 18 overall player eligible for free agency. Only Brian Orakpo would be a more desirable signing at the 3-4 outside linebacker position.
Feb 27 - 3:58 PM

Free agent OLB Jason Worilds told ESPN.com he's only interested in re-signing with the Steelers if he's guaranteed a starting job.

Worilds started only 11 games in 2013 and still managed to lead the Steelers with eight sacks. With LaMarr Woodley a candidate to be released as a post-June 1 cut, he could be brought back to start full-time opposite Jarvis Jones. Worilds is likely to draw interest from multiple teams as a starter this offseason. Rotoworld ranks him as the No. 2 free agent outside linebacker, behind only Brian Orakpo.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 7:01 PM

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds had eight tackles and two sacks in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

If IDP owners haven't taken notice of Worilds yet, it's way past time. Playing far ahead of Jarvis Jones even with LaMarr Woodley back healthy, Worilds has 31 tackles and five sacks in the last four games. He's playing well enough to make the Steelers at least think about bringing the impending free agent back in 2014.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds has three sacks in the last four games and 10 QB pressures in the last two games.

Operating in the final year of his rookie contract, Worilds has finally been able to sustain health and dominate off the edge. He's played ahead of first-round rookie Jarvis Jones for much of the year and has been dominating in place of the injured LaMarr Woodley (calf) of late. Beat writer Scott Brown says the play "should force the Steelers to at least re-examine their long-term commitment to Woodley." Worilds would be a cheaper, younger option if re-signed.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 09:42:00 AM

Jason Worilds is listed as a co-starter at outside linebacker with rookie Jarvis Jones.

Worilds started in Week 1, but only played 16 more snaps than Jones. The first-round rookie made his mark with two tackles for a loss while Worilds had none. Jones is clearly the superior talent.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:32:00 AM

The Steelers are not expected to pursue an extension with contract-year OLB Jason Worilds.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette seems convinced Worilds will start, and the Steelers will "try to work Jarvis Jones into some pass-rush situations the way they did with LaMarr Woodley as a rookie." Because Jones is going to take over as the starter sooner rather than later, this is a huge camp for the explosive Worilds. Still only 25, he managed five sacks last season in limited duty.
Sun, May 26, 2013 07:19:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin expressed confidence in Jason Worilds as his starting right outside linebacker.

With James Harrison gone and no signs of a free agent signing, the job is Worilds' for now. The 2010 second-round pick has posted just 10 sacks in 42 career games, but did set a career-high of five last year when Harrison missed three games. There's some IDP sleeper appeal here if Worilds holds on to the job.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 10:00:00 AM

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette item hints that the Steelers were intent on drafting ILB Sean Lee with the 52nd pick in the 2010 draft, but coach Mike Tomlin stepped in to pound the table for Jason Worilds.

Worilds has been a disappointment, while 55th pick Lee is an All-Pro caliber player in Dallas. As NFL.com's Chris Wesseling noted, the item "Also hints at a divide not just on the field but between Tomlin and some members of the personnel department." The Steelers did not want to lose James Harrison because they don't have faith in Worilds. They were forced to cut Harrison for cap reasons.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 04:07:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the Steelers aren't "100 percent sold on" Jason Worilds as James Harrison's heir at outside linebacker.

Pittsburgh is concerned with Worilds' lack of experience and his inability to stay healthy, so the plan is to tap into the free-agent market to at least bring in some competition. The Steelers have "their eyes on at least three what can be considered young and underutilized free agent outside linebackers." Pittsburgh doesn't want to pay anyone more than $3-4 million annually. Victor Butler is an intriguing young name.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 01:27:00 PM