Free agent linebacker Jason Worilds announced Tuesday he is stepping away from football, according to his agent Jason Bernstein. The former Steelers linebacker released a statement Tuesday saying, "I appreciate all of the interest from the organizations that have reached out to us the past few days. With that being said, after much thought and consideration I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests." Worilds was rumored to be a target for the Titans and reunite with former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Worilds totaled 144 tackles and 25 1/2-sacks in five seasons with the Steelers.
The Titans are interested in upgrading their entire defense, it looks like. According to The Tennessean, the Titans have expressed interest in bringing in free agents safety Devin McCourty, outside linebacker Jason Worilds and cornerback Cary Williams. McCourty is the top free agent safety in this year's group, though the Eagles and Giants are looking like the top bidders for his services. Worilds is comfortable with associate head coach Dick LeBeau as he played under him in Pittsburgh. He would likely mesh well into what the Titans are looking to do on that side of the ball. Williams has familiarity with the Titans as they selected him in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft. Williams is also reportedly receiving interest from the Seahawks, Jets and Ravens. The Titans are also hopeful of bringing back outside linebacker Derrick Morgan with a new deal.
The Steelers will allow outside linebacker Jason Worilds to hit free agency, according to a report from ESPN.com. The Steelers have decided against using the transition tag on Worilds, electing to let the open market decide how much his value is worth. Worilds totaled 59 tackles and 7.5 sacks during the 2014 season. The deadline for all teams to use the franchise or transition tag is Monday. Worilds was taken by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft out of Virginia Tech. He's spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Steelers.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert reiterated his team's desire to bring back Jason Worilds next season, per NFL."Maybe he comes back, maybe he moves on," Colbert said during Tuesday's combine press conference. "We'd love to have him back if it all fits."Worilds turned in a productive 2014 campaign, registering 59 tackles with 7 1/2 sacks in all 16 games.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters Tuesday the team wants to re-sign defensive end Jason Worilds, reports ESPN. Colbert said the team feels Worilds had a productive season in 2014 and he has the potential to be better in 2015. In 2014, Worilds played in 16 games and registered 59 tackles with 7 1/2 sacks.