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Jason Worilds | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/3/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 262
College: Virginia Tech
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Free agent edge rusher Jason Worilds says he's retiring after five years in the NFL.
Worilds reportedly informed the Steelers on Tuesday night that he wants to devote his time "working for my religion." The No. 52 pick of the 2010 draft, Worilds is only 27, and was Rotoworld's No. 4 remaining free-agent edge rusher. "After much thought and consideration, I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests," Worilds said. It's an absolute stunner for a player who generated 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Worilds was Pro Football Focus' No. 11 3-4 outside linebacker in 2014. We don't doubt Worilds' current sincerity — he's not walking away due to a lack of free agent interest — but when someone this young and talented retires, there's always a chance they'll change their mind in the not-too-distant future. Mar 11 - 12:22 AM

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The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans are interested in free agent edge rusher Jason Worilds.

The Titans are kicking the tires on most of this year's edge rushers. Worilds would be a natural fit in Tennessee, where he'd be reuniting with ex-Steelers DC Dick LeBeau. Tennessee generated 39 sacks in 2014, tied for 16th in the league.
Mar 8 - 5:14 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Eagles are expected to pursue free agent OLB Jason Worilds "as soon as free agency starts."

Russini is based on D.C., but seems to be quite plugged-in around the NFL and has issued a long list of accurate reports as long as we've been sourcing her. Worilds-to-Philadelphia was a popular rumor even before Russini's report came to light. The Eagles badly need weak-side edge-rush help after cutting Trent Cole. Worilds is nearly six years younger than Cole.
Mar 4 - 1:30 PM

A league source confirmed to ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown that the team plans to let free agent OLB Jason Worilds hit the market.

Worilds has 15.5 sacks over the last two seasons, but the Steelers will let the open market establish his value. As a 27-year-old pass rusher, Worilds' market should be strong despite the fact that he wasn't seen as a core defender in Pittsburgh. Disappointing 2013 first-round pick Jarvis Jones is currently the Steelers' only outside linebacker signed for 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 25 - 10:56 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert suggested he plans to let free agent OLB Jason Worilds test the open market.

"Jason had a good year for us," Colbert said. "I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him, either with the Steelers or as a potential player for someone else’s team. We will see where the market goes." The Steelers haven't ruled out using the transition tag on Worilds for the second-consecutive season, but it's hard to see him re-signing. Pittsburgh is currently $1.72 million over the 2015 salary cap.
Feb 14 - 5:06 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert hasn't ruled out using the transition tag on free agent OLB Jason Worilds for the second-consecutive year.

Playing under the tag in 2014, Worilds made $9.754 million. It would cost closer to $11 million in 2014. Speaking Tuesday, Colbert all but ruled out using the franchise tag on his edge rusher. The franchise tag is more costly, and Pittsburgh has one of the league's worst cap situations. The transition tag gives teams the right of first refusal, but no compensation if a tagged player signs an offer sheet elsewhere and the tagging team decides not to match.
Feb 10 - 5:03 PM

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky believes the Titans could target free agent OLB Jason Worilds.

Worilds spent the last five seasons under new Titans assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau. Tennessee is in the market for edge rushers with Derrick Morgan a free agent and Kamerion Wimbley a candidate for release. Worilds made $9.75 million under the transition tag last year and is going to be a difficult re-sign for the Steelers, who have one of the NFL's worst cap situations.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 7:15 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jimmy Kempski mentions OLB Jason Worilds as a free agent the Eagles could target.

Interestingly, ESPN's Adam Caplan tweeted back in August that Worilds "would have signed with the Eagles" had he not been slapped with the transition tag by the Steelers last offseason. It indicates there was mutual interest from both sides. The Eagles will be on the hunt for a starting outside linebacker with Brandon Graham heading for free agency and Trent Cole a lock to be cut.
Jan 28 - 9:19 AM

The Steelers hope to re-sign free agent OLB Jason Worilds.

Worilds, who played under the transition tag this season, is considered the Steelers' top in-house free agent. He has 15.5 sacks over the last two seasons and was PFF's No. 11 3-4 OLB among 46 qualifiers in 2014. Worilds is part of a strong edge defender free agency class that also includes Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes, Jason Pierre-Paul and Brian Orakpo among others.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 9:11 AM

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds "looked fine" after leaving Thursday's preseason game with a knee injury.

Worilds was spotted jogging "without anything visible" on his knee after departing in the third quarter. It appears his removal was purely precautionary. It's a major bullet dodged for a Steelers team counting on Worilds as one of its defensive anchors.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:26:00 PM

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds was forced from Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles with a right knee injury, and will not return.

Worilds suffered the injury on a third-quarter sack of Mark Sanchez. The severity is unclear. If it's in any way serious, the Steelers are going to be kicking themselves for playing one of their most-important defenders so deep into an exhibition game. With Worilds playing under the franchise tag, the sides have been discussing a long-term deal.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 09:46:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers have had "conversations" with OLB Jason Worilds about a long-term deal, but that the sides are "nowhere close."

Worilds is playing under a one-year, $9.754 million transition tag this season. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in June that Worilds had rejected a multi-year offer, and that the Steelers were willing to go "no higher." Worilds appears to be staring at another tag or walking next offseason.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 05:43:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 12:27:00 PM

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."
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 06:10:00 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.
Wed, May 28, 2014 07:45:00 AM

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