Jason Worilds inked a transition tag worth over $9,000,000 and many of us thought he would then sign an extension lowering his cap hit this year and keeping him for more than just one year. Well, free agency came and went, the draft happened, the June 1st date that gave us Lamar Woodley's cap space has passed, and I am still very unclear with how we plan on handling Worilds.
The Steelers have historically had a no-contract-tampering-while-season-is-going policy. With each day passing the future of our OLB position is growing more grim. I don't mean to be doom and gloom, but if Jason Worilds actually performs well this year, when he hits free agency he will be out of our price range. If we do reach to sign him that will hurt us. If we don't reach to get him that will hurt us.
Jarvis Jones proved to us that rookie OLBs don't work that well in the Lebeua defense. There is too much of a learning curve to leave the future of our OLB position in the hands of unproven Jarvis Jones and a rookie. Pass rush sets the tone for our whole defense and has been one of Lebeau's cornerstones of his defense.
Now I know the Steelers are working somewhat slow with contract stuff in general as it has been almost a month since the draft and the Steelers still haven't signed all their rookies. There is a possibility that we sign the only remaining rookie, Stephon Tuitt, and then turn around to extend Jason Worilds. I sure hope that is the case because if not we are in trouble.
Another consideration is Arthur Moats and Jordan Zumwalt. I don't think Zumwalt is much else than a career long special teams ace and I don't know enough about Moats, but he is considered a versatile backup. No long term answers besides Jarvis Jones at this point. It is kind of scary to think that 4 years ago we had the scariest OLB combo bar none with James Harrison and a healthy Lamar Woodley.
Let me know what you all think.
Jason Worilds was offered a "final offer" but could not come to agreement per unknown source. (via yahoo sports)