Pittsburgh Steelers Smart In Placing Transition Tag on OLB Jason Worilds

By Jeff Hartman
Jason Worilds of the Pittsburgh Steelers
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News has broken regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ most talked about potential free agent. Outside linebacker Jason Worilds had the transition tag placed on him by the Steelers organization. Don’t get the transition tag confused with the franchise tag. The transition tag doesn’t guarantee Worilds will be wearing the black and gold this season, but puts the pressure on Worilds and his agent to try and find a deal that is better than the one he would get in Pittsburgh.

With the franchise tag being placed on Worilds, he will be guaranteed a one-year, $9.754 million contract with the Steelers, unless he can find a better deal elsewhere. Even if another NFL franchise does offer Worilds a better deal, the Steelers have the opportunity to match the deal to keep him in the Steel City.

Essentially, the Steelers are calling Worilds’ bluff in terms of what he feels his market worth is. When the Washington Redskins placed the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo today, that left Worilds as the best option at OLB among the free agent pool of players.

The Steelers are now in the driver seat for at least keeping Worilds in Pittsburgh for another season. If a team wants to over pay for his services, the Steelers can simply let him walk and turn their sights to Jarvis Jones and LaMarr Woodley to anchor the OLB positions for the upcoming season. If Worilds is unable to find a pasture that is greener than Pittsburgh, he will be able to show his talents to the rest of the NFL for another season.

Worilds is coming off a year where he led the Steelers with eight sacks, and is hoping his production will pay dividends for him financially, whether that is with Pittsburgh or another NFL club.

Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for RantSports.com and  also contributes for the Penguins and Pirates. Follow him on Twitter @BnGBlitz and add him on Google+

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