The uncapped season has hurt several young stars vying for new contracts. One of those stars who has managed to slip under the radar is Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. According to ESPN, the Steelers have decided not to give Woodley a new contract before the 2010 season. He is slated to earn $550,000 in the final year of his rookie deal.
As ESPN’s James Walker points out, the Steelers do not often negotiate contracts with players during the season, so Woodley will likely become a free agent in spring 2011. (The franchise tag could be an option, but there’s no telling if the new CBA will carry it.)
The Steelers have always been willing to let linebacker leave too soon rather than too late (see Kevin Greene, Levon Kirkland, Greg Lloyd), but Woodley is only 25. It would be beyond foolish to let him get away.
UPDATE: The Saginaw News and NFL Network's Jason La Canfora are disputing ESPN's report. Words is, the Steelers will sign Woodley to a long-term contract once a new CBA is in place. La Canfora vehemently declares that Woodley isn't going anywhere.
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