The Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp on Friday and are still in the midst of locking up their 1st and 2nd round picks from the 2010 draft.
Contract talks between the Steelers, and second round pick Jason Worilds have heated up in the past 48 hours, but an agreement “probably” won’t be reached today, a league source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports.
Worilds was the 52nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
The Steelers, Worilds representatives expect a deal to be reached tomorrow morning, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned.
The framework of a four year deal worth $3.7 million is close to being finalized but the two sides are still working out some minor details.
Details surrounding the guaranteed money and playtime bonuses is where the two sides are focusing on today.
Worilds made 49 tackles as junior this past season with Virginia Tech, including 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
He also had one forced fumble, one pass breakup and a team-leading 32 quarterback hurries. Statistically though, it was a less impressive season than his sophomore year in which Worilds finished with 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
What the Steelers have on their side is that linebackers taken after Worilds are signed.
The New England Patriots on Saturday signed defensive end/OLB Jermaine Cunningham to a 4 year deal worth $3.577 million. Cunningham was the 53rd overall pick, a selection after Worilds.
The Dallas Cowboys this week signed linebacker Sean Lee to a four year deal worth $3.5 million, with a $1.2 million signing bonus. The deal includes $1.7 million in guaranteed money.
Lee was the 55th overall selection in the draft.