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    Steelers put franchise tag on Woodley
    Friday, February 18, 2011
    Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Peter Diana/Post-GazetteThe Steelers placed the franchise tag on linebacker LaMarr Woodley.The Steelers today put their franchise tag on linebacker LaMarr Woodley, which may or may not mean anything depending on what occurs in the next collective bargaining agreement.

    That designation would, under the old rules, guarantee that Woodley plays for the Steelers another season with his salary determined as the average of the top five linebacker salaries in the league in 2010. A year ago, that was $9.68 million and should range around $10 million in 2011. He made only $550,000 last season, the fourth and final of the contract he signed as a rookie.

    However, the current CBA expires March 3 and there is no guarantee a franchise tag will exist under the new rules. Without that tag, Woodley would become an unrestricted free agent -- again, provided players in the new CBA can become unrestricted after four seasons.

    Woodley was the team's second-round draft choice in 2007 and has started at left outside linebacker the past three seasons. His 39 sacks in his first four seasons with the Steelers is a team record. He made the Pro Bowl following the 2009 season. He has 11 sacks in seven post-season games.

    The Steelers hope to work out a long-term contract with Woodley, the way they did with tackle Max Starks after they named him their franchise player in 2009

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    It is a move that had to be done. At least now they can have some time to unofficially work out a long term deal.
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    Steelers likely keeping enviable status quo at OLB

    Mike Wilkening
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    With the Steelers placing the franchise tag on LOLB LaMarr Woodley, they will likely retain one of their more important and younger defensive starters. Pittsburgh has apparently given Woodley the non-exclusive franchise tag, which allows another team to sign Woodley to an offer sheet and for the signing team to give the Steelers two first-round picks if they decline to match the offer. Woodley will be guaranteed a salary of 120 percent of his 2010 salary or the average of the top five LB salaries from 2010, whichever is greater.

    Woodley, only 26, has quickly become one of the NFL's better outside linebackers playing in a "30" front, and he has been outstanding when the stakes are high, notching at least one sack in all seven career postseason appearances.

    Woodley's expected return likely keeps second-year OLB Jason Worilds in a reserve role.

    Worilds, who turns 23 in March, notched a pair of sacks as a rookie. He also added 16 tackles (11 solo) on special teams, according to club statistics. The way we hear it, the Steelers are pleased with Worilds' pass-rush ability but would like to see him develop his all-around game, especially his run-defense skills. However, as a club observer notes, the Steelers' defense isn't exactly easy to pick up, and improvement could be in the offing. Note the marked progress DE Ziggy Hood made from Year One to Year Two in the Pittsburgh defense.

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