The Baltimore Ravens weren't expected to bring back outside linebacker Pernell McPhee.
And now, we can see why.
A source told Sun writer Aaron Wilson McPhee will get $16 million in guarantees. This comes in wake of the Bills announcing they've signed defensive end Jerry Hughes to a $45 million deal.
Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds is likely to be the top outside linebacker target with those players off the market. Washington's Brian Orakpo and Cleveland's Jabaal Sheard have not come to terms with any club yet.
The Tennessee Titans reportedly are interested in Worilds, and with big-money deals going to Hughes and McPhee, Worilds could see his deal enter the $7 million a season range. When the contract for McPhee becomes official, the Ravens can again expect a high-level compensatory pick next season.
The higher the offer Worilds gets, the higher the comp pick the Steelers would get. They aren't expected to sign Worilds, particularly if his deal is in the $7 million a year range.
Past comp picks awarded suggests a player signing a $7 million a year deal will return around a fourth round pick on its own. It depends on other signings, though, they all weigh into the formula, but the Steelers may just value a pick next year over paying Worilds much more this year.