WOODLEY DONE WITH STEELERS?
Has LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers highest paid defensive player in team history played his last game as a Steeler at age 29?
It will be one of the top burning questions this off-season. The Steelers $61 million linebacker came up with another injury in Sunday’s game playing just one series before coming down with a left calf injury. He missed three games with a right calf injury a few weeks back. Woodley’s likely to miss the rest of the regular season and Steelers fans might have seen the last of Woodley.
With his body breaking down over the last three seasons, Woodley has just 9 sacks in his last 27 games, including playoffs.
What the Steelers have ahead of themselves is a lose-lose situation with Woodley. Woodley carries a $13.9 million cap hit in 2014 and all that restructuring the last three years has Woodley carrying $14.170 million in dead money were the Steelers release him this off-season.
If the Steelers release Woodley after June 1, $8.5 million in dead money counts towards the 2015 cap. Waiting till June 1st doesn’t help the Steelers cause to resign Jason Worilds as Woodley’s nearly $14 million cap hit would still count during the March Free Agency period.
Woodley’s future with the Steelers could come down to whether ownership has the stomach to pay $8 million dollars to an unproductive player who can’t stay healthy. Despite the cap complications, that will be a tough argument for Kevin Colbert to make to his bosses.