Woodley, known for a sack celebration of a vicious forward kick, left a cryptic photo on his Facebook page after his release became official.
The photo is a freeze-frame shot from the movie "300," and the scene is depicting King Leonidas kicking a Persian messenger into a well.
Whether Woodley modeled his kick off this scene and just posted it randomly, or is sending a message regarding how he feels about the whole situation (likely as the receiver, not the deliverer, of the kick) is an interesting question.
Woodley was released with three years remaining on 6-year, $61 million contract he signed before the 2011 season - the highest contract ever given to a Steelers defensive player. He spent much of the only three years he had under that contract injured, which created a strong sense of bitterness from Steelers fans.
It's understandable why he may feel like he just got kicked down a well. Woodley is now a free agent, and while there are teams with cap space available, he now has to compete in the same market as recently released OLB DeMarcus Ware. Woodley has youth on Ware, but Ware clearly has career stats and possibly still athleticism.
Either way, having to compete for the few number of jobs available on the open market isn't necessarily an enviable situation.
That's the cold, business side of the NFL. Hopefully, Woodley can do to the rest of the NFL, minus the Steelers, as Leonidas does on the Persians in a bloody, yet, highly entertaining way.