Tue. Mar 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap. By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers free up about $8 million in salary cap space in 2014. The money saved will likely go toward signing the team's selections in the NFL draft in May. Woodley will, however, count $8.5 million against the team's cap number in 2015.
Impact: Selected by the Steelers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 draft out of Michigan, Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons as hamstring and other lower body issues kept him sidelined for long stretches.
Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Associated Press is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers will part ways with linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The 29-year-old Woodley will be designated a post-June 1 salary cap cut, but will be allowed to sign with another team when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon.
Impact: Woodley signed a six-year, $61 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons.
Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woodley will be released by the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Woodley will be classified as a post-June 1 cap casualty, which will make him a free agent starting at 4 ET on Tuesday. The seven-year veteran was due to make $8 million in 2014, and the Steelers didn't feel that the 29-year-old, who had just five sacks in 2013, was worth that type of cap hit. He'll be free to sign elsewhere and automatically becomes one of the top pass-rushing free agents on the market.
Antonio Brown - #84 - Wide Receiver - 5'10" - 186lbs
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown has restructured his contract with the Steelers, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.
Impact: This is a huge move for Pittsburgh, as it clears $4 million in cap space while locking Brown in with the team through 2017. Coming off the best season of his career, in which he scored eight touchdowns while leading the team with 1,499 yards and 110 receptions, Brown will assume the Steelers' WR1 position again in 2014. Although he may not have free agent Emmanuel Sanders to take some of the attention from opposing defenses, the team did extend the contract of tight end Heath Miller earlier this week, and are expected to target a wide receiver with their first round pick, the 15th overall, in the upcoming draft.
Troy Polamalu - #43 - Safety - 5'10" - 207lbs
News: Polamalu has signed an extension with the Steelers that will keep him with the team through the 2016 season, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The report notes that Polamalu's deal is worth $20 million over the next three years and saves the Steelers $4.5 million against the salary cap this coming season. Polamalu, who will turn 33 in April, suited up in 16 games for the Steelers in 2013, recording 69 tackles, five forced fumbles, two sacks and two picks.
Levi Brown - #67 - Tackle - 6'6" - 324lbs
News: The Steelers have released Brown, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Brown was acquired by the Steelers back on October 2, but he never appeared in a game with the team, after tearing a triceps during pregame warmups on October 13. The move saves the Steelers $6.25 million in salary cap space, NFL.com reports.
Larry Foote - #50 - Linebacker - 6'1" - 239lbs
News: The Steelers have released Foote, the team's official site reports.
Impact: The move saves the Steelers a little over $1 million in cap space. The 33-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 113 tackles and four sacks in 2012 -- played in just one game this past season after landing on IR with a biceps injury.
Heath Miller - #83 - Tight End - 6'5" - 256lbs
News: Miller has signed a new three-year deal that will keep him with the Steelers through the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Essentially, Miller's deal amounts to a two-year extension that will reduce his 2014 salary cap hit by more than $3 million. The 31-year-old tight end is coming off a season in which he recorded 58 catches for 593 yards and a TD in 14 games. He'll head into the 2014 season further removed from the serious late-season knee injury that ended his 2012 season, something that bodes well for an uptick in tight end's fantasy production, assuming he can stay healthy.
Will Allen - #20 - Safety - 6'1" - 203lbs
News: The Steelers have re-signed Allen, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Allen, who recorded 43 tackles and two picks in 17 games (five with Dallas and 12 with Pittsburgh) this past season, will return to Pittsburgh in 2014 to provide the Steelers with safety depth, with the team unlikely to re-sign Ryan Clark.
Tue. Mar 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woodley is expected to be released by the Steelers now that Jason Worilds has been signed to a one-year, $9.754 million contract, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: With Worilds and Jarvis Jones locked in as starters, the release of Woodley, who has missed 14 games and parts of six others since signing a $61.5 million deal in 2011, would clear up $13.6 million in salary cap room for Pittsburgh. Woodley has recorded 56.5 sacks in his seven seasons with the Steelers and, assuming he is waived, should be able to find a home with another NFL team. Which team that is, and the role Woodley plays for them, will dictate his fantasy value in IDP leagues next season.
Tue. Mar 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worilds signed the transition tag worth $9.75 million with the Steelers on Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Worilds has increased his sack count in each of his four seasons, culminating in eight across 15 games last year. He supplemented his line with 63 tackles (43 solo), two forced fumbles, and two passes defended. The aforementioned one-year deal guarantees that no other organization can extend an offer sheet his way, while displaying that he's a key cog in Pittsburgh's defense.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Steelers have designated linebacker Jason Worilds as the team's transition player for 2014.
Impact: Worilds was set to become a free agent next week, but now the Steelers will have five days to match any offer he receives. Free agency begins March 11.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Steelers have placed their transition tag on Worilds, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: The transition tag for linebackers is worth $9.754 million. Meanwhile, the move gives the Steelers the right of first refusal to match any offer that Worilds may receive from another team. In 15 games (including 11 starts) for the Steelers this past season, he recorded 63 tackles and eight sacks.