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NFL Free Agency: OLB market already thinning

With Brandon Graham signing a deal and Jabaal Sheard, Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo drawing interest, it appears as if Jason Worilds might be an interesting candidate for the Steelers after all.

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Day one of free agency was one of the most exciting days in the NFL in years, as several high profile players exchanged teams via trades or free agent deals.  The outside linebacker market, already without the likes of Jerry Hughes and Pernell McPhee, saw a fair deal of action, as Brandon Graham inked a deal to stay with the Eagles, while Derrick Morgan visited the Atlanta Falcons and could sign soon.  The Eagles were among the teams interested in Worilds, so bringing Graham back likely eliminates Philadelphia from the Jason Worilds sweepstakes.

The Titans, another team rumored to have interest in Worilds, could lose free agent Derrick Morgan to the Falcons, but reportedly have interest in signing Brian Orakpo, according to multiple sources including the NFL Netowrk's Ian Rapoport and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

This news could indicate the Titans are no longer interested in Worilds, but also suggests the Steelers might not be in the running for Orakpo.  Sheard, however, has drawn interest from the New England Patriots, meaning the team might not have any interest in re-signing Akeem Ayers.  Ayers could be a reasonably affordable option the Steelers could commit money to who could immediately come in and start.

Or, on the other hand, Pittsburgh could do what seemed the most unlikely of options only hours ago; retaining Worilds.

As of today. Worilds reportedly hasn't drawn much interest, and the only two teams who had expressed interest -- the Eagles and Titans -- have either re-signed their incumbent players or are exploring other options.

The Steelers took a bit of a calculated risk by allowing Worilds to test the open market, but if he isn't able to generate significant interest from another team, look for him to return to the Steelers.