Poor Jason La Canfora...
Jason Worilds has accepted
the $9.754 million Transition Tag the Pittsburgh Steelers placed on him
on Monday. It completely takes him off of the free agent market and the
Steelers are now working on a longterm deal with him that would pare his
Cap number down from the aforementioned amount.
If It Ain't Steel posted the article below that explained what this all meant for Worilds and for the Steelers. Then this came down the pike Tuesday morning from the same person who had not long before that stated that he'd be gone:
"@JasonLaCanfora; Jason Worilds has signed his transition tag w/PIT worth $9.75M. No offer sheets can come now."
Per Ed Bouchette from his Twitter (@EdBouchette), the Steelers are working on making it so that Worilds stays in the Steel City for years to come. As usual, they've taken care of home, of their own free agents, first.
Below is the article that covers all of the particulars surrounding the contract situation before Worilds' accepting (nothing was actually "signed") of the tag.
The @Steelers designate OLB Jason Worilds a transition player. Tender
is average of top 10 salaries; @steelers can match any offer”
was the information that came down Monday morning from within the
Pittsburgh Steelers organization shortly after it was announced that the
Washington Redskins had put their Franchise Tag on outside linebacker
- The Transition Tag, as referenced by Steelers Digest's Bob Labriola
in the above quote, costs the Steelers $9.754 million which puts them
approximately $10 million over the NFL Salary Cap, per the Rule of 51,
at the printing of this piece including the $1.35 million carry over from last season's Cap (and before adding dead money owed). - http://tinyurl.com/oegxr29
Steelers announced the move less than an hour before the 4 p.m. EST NFL
deadline to make the move. They now, as with every other team, must be
under the Salary Cap by March 11th.
Possible Moves - Cutting Levi Brown will erase $6.25 million.
Restructuring contracts such as Antonio Brown and Lawrence Timmons would cut another approximate $7 million off of the books.
Polamalu, who turns 33 years old in April, is likely to be asked to
take a pay cut, as his 2014 Cap number is $10,887,500 million. But it
could be done in such a way so as to work such a reduction into an
extension that lowers his Cap number and still allow him to retire a
Taylor, 34 in May, will count $11,942,404 million against the Cap and
has a non-guaranteed base salary of $7 million. He could be cut or asked
to take a (significant) pay cut.
It Means - The Transition Tag allows the Steelers some control as
Worilds assuredly tests the market. The team, though, has right of first
refusal and can match any deal he may get. It essentially forces
Worilds' agent to go and find a deal.
risk is taken nonetheless. Worilds has said that he wants to stay in
Pittsburgh and simply asked, if they truly wanted him, that he be named
the starter. One big way to do that is to pay starter money.
By putting the tag on him, the Steelers gave their answer in the affirmative.
nearly $10 million Worilds would potentially be owed is a figure that
would be paid out in 17 game checks. Both Worilds and the Steelers would
prefer that number turned into a multi-year contract - it provides
security for the player and then this year's number comes down to $5-$6
million which helps the team.
other words, a potential good situation for the Steelers and for
Worilds. He can still test the market and leverage his number up. He's
guaranteed $10 million and, if the bottom falls out, can be a FA again
Steelers can match what he may look to accept as a longterm deal. If he
stays, the Steelers have the makings of another set of OLBs set to
wreak havoc if Jarvis Jones picks up where he left off in the final game
Drawbacks - There is no compensation if they don’t match an offer Worilds accepts.
can be done with LaMarr Woodley until the situation with Worilds is
finalized. If he is to be cut, it can't be done before June 1st.