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Jason Worilds gets tagged: Everything you need to know

Steelers free agent linebacker Jason Worilds became the first Steelers player since Max Starks to get the transition tag, and nearly as quickly as he received it, he accepted it, meaning he can't negotiate with another team. Follow the timeline for this somewhat unexpected move from start to the inevitable finish.

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Report: Worilds never received contract offer

Tribune Review reporter Mark Kaboly reports no offer was made to Worilds, refuting an earlier report he turned down an offer from the team.

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It was all about timing for Jason Worilds

After three years of mostly nondescript play, Jason Worilds proved that timing is everything, after recording eight sacks in 2013, his contract year, and earning a transition tag and over $9 million from a Steelers team, eager for defensive youth and pass-rushers.

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Jason Worilds signs transition tag

The move will ensure Worilds returns to Pittsburgh next season, and likely signals the end of La'Marr Woodley in Pittsburgh. Worilds is no longer able to negotiate with other teams.

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Worilds can't sign elsewhere until March 22

Free agency will be nearly two weeks old by the time teams can begin negotiating with players who received the transition tag. That's good news for the Steelers, if they wish to get Jason Worilds to sign a long-term deal and lower his cap charge.

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No poison pills allowed

The NFL didn't take too kindly to a back-and-forth battle between the Vikings and Seahawks in 2006 in which the "poison pill" concept first took root. The controversial moves from both teams sparked a move to eliminate the ability for teams to include such tactics in offer sheet negotiations.

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Tag on Worilds all but cuts Woodley

Unless the Steelers are comfortable paying two outside linebackers 18 percent of their salary cap, one of them has to go. It seems more likely Woodley is headed for a June 1 cut.

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Jason Worilds Receives Transition Tag

Steelers free agent linebacker Jason Worilds has received the transition tag before hitting free agency.

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