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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 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

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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

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.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 11:59:00 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.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 03:59:00 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
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 12:32:00 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.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 03:58:00 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
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 07:01:00 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