The writing has been on the wall for a week and LaMarr Woodley’s tenure with the Steelers is over as Woodley will officially be released Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. with a June 1st designation. The Steelers will take a $5 million dead money cap hit this season and an $8 million dead money cap hit in 2015. The Steelers save around $8 million in cap space this season but that cap space doesn’t become available until June 2.
Woodley is free to sign anywhere when free agency begins Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
Woodley was set to enter the fourth year of a six year, $61.5 million contract, the second largest contract in team history, and due $8 million this season. Woodley became a full time starter at the start of the 2008 season and from 2008-2010, Woodley had 44 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions in 53 games (including playoffs), leading to the big contract. Over his last two seasons, the injury prone Woodley had just 9 sacks in 24 regular season games.
Woodley had 57 sacks in 94 career regular season games with the Steelers and 11 sacks in eight post-season games.