Steelers stand to gain cap space June 1 due to release of LaMarr Woodley

Justin K. Aller

While the team will take on dead money in 2015, they freed up a good chunk of cap space with the post-June 1 designation release of outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

The Steelers are down a player and a boatload of salary after making LaMarr Woodley a post-June 1 designation release.

So what's the plan?

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is likely next on the chopping block, a move that would immediately free up $7 million with his release, or save probably $5 million with a salary reduction (assuming he takes it).

These moves were expected, more or less. What wasn't expected was any kind of pursuit into the higher end of free agency. Whispers about the team's interest in free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner were quickly cast off as his agent drumming up interest, but the Steelers have the space now without having to set money aside for their draft class, as well as a significant chunk in 2016, to think they may be able to make a competitive offer to the Titans cornerback.

Can and will are obviously two different things. Or more to the point, Can the Steelers find themselves in a position they will entertain a bidding war for Verner's services.

With Jason Worilds' transition tag not likely to stick, signing him to an extension becomes even more of an obvious move. The team will look to go into 2014 with he and Jarvis Jones as their starting outside linebackers, but that's a position that needs depth, even if the oft-injured Woodley is no longer on the roster.

Perhaps a move there makes sense.

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