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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

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports the Steelers are "hoping" SS Troy Polamalu will retire so they won't have to release him.

Polamalu's play has been in a precipitous decline the past few years, and he isn't worth the $8.25 million cap hit. With two years left on his contract, the Steelers want Polamalu to call it a career as a soon-to-be 34-year-old so that they don't have to go through the awkwardness of cutting him. Either way, Polamalu will never play another snap for Pittsburgh. 2013 fourth-round S Shamarko Thomas may be the heir apparent to Polamalu next to FS Mike Mitchell.
Mar 4 - 9:34 AM

Le'Veon Bell faces a maximum suspension of four games.

Early last month, Bell essentially pled guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana. Under the league's new substance-abuse policy, first-offense DUIs get a two-game suspension. But the policy also says violations of law involving "other substances" exposes the player to a ban of "up to four" games. Marijuana is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania, while alcohol is obviously legal.
Mar 2 - 8:19 AM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky believes free agent OLB James Harrison is likely headed to Tennessee.

"I think linebacker James Harrison will be part of things if [Titans assistant head coach] Dick LeBeau wants him," Kuharsky said, "and I expect he will." With Harrison turning 37 in May, it will not take much for the Titans to lure him to Tennessee. Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks and 22 hurries in 11 games last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 12:27 PM

Free agent LB Arthur Moats hopes to be back with the Steelers next season.

Moats is a rare dual threat, receiving positive grades from Pro Football Focus as both a pass rusher and run stopper. Playing primarily outside linebacker for the first time in his pro career, 27-year-old Moats finished with four sacks and 23 tackles last season. Given his versatility and Pittsburgh's lack of linebacker depth, a reunion makes sense for both sides.
Feb 27 - 12:14 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 C Maurkice Pouncey has restructured his contract.

Pouncey was due $8.1 million, including a $3.75 million roster bonus. The Steelers also reworked the contracts of FS Mike Mitchell and RT Marcus Gilbert, clearing a total of $9.5 million in cap space.
Feb 25 - 4:36 PM

Steelers FS Mike Mitchell agreed to a restructured contract, clearing $2.5 million in salary-cap space.

Mitchell is converting a $2 million roster bonus and $1 million of his salary into a signing bonus. He won't lose any money, but it helps improve Pittsburgh's cap situation. Mitchell is entering the second season of a five-year, $25 million deal.
Feb 25 - 4:23 PM

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert agreed to a restructured contract, clearing $3.724 million in salary-cap space.

The Steelers converted a $3.5 million roster bonus and $1.15 million of Gilbert's base salary into a "signing" bonus. Gilbert doesn't lose any money, and instead gets paid up front. He signed a six-year, $30.8 million deal in August and was a top-10 right tackle at Pro Football Focus, excelling in pass pro and the run game.
Feb 25 - 8:36 AM

Free agent OLB James Harrison has decided he wants to play in 2015.

Lured out of retirement by the Steelers last season, Harrison showed he still has something left in the tank. He turns 37 in May and can't expect much in the way of guaranteed money, but can help a team. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Harrison will only be willing to play for the Steelers.
Feb 22 - 8:54 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

Sources tell ESPN's John Clayton that Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season.

Bell was arrested on DUI charges in August of 2014 when police smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle. The case was resolved last week when he was sentenced to 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program. It's the equivalent of a guilty plea, which means he's subject to a two-game ban under the terms of the new DUI policy. Bell's current backup is underwhelming 2014 UDFA Josh Harris, a position that the Steelers must upgrade this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 8:49 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't expect the Steelers to re-sign free agent OLB James Harrison.

Harrison came out of retirement in Week 4 and went on to post 5.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries in just 11 games (four starts). Despite entering his age-37 season, he should draw free-agent interest. PFF graded Harrison as a top-ten 3-4 outside linebacker in 2014.
Feb 11 - 7:11 PM

The Steelers will play the Vikings in the 2015 Hall of Fame Game.

The game will take place on August 8. Playing in the Hall of Fame Game means both teams will have five preseason games. Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis and Vikings C Mick Tingelhoff will be inducted in the Hall of Fame that weekend.
Feb 11 - 5:32 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


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