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LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Posted on: August 5, 2011 8:50 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 8:55 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Steelers franchised linebacker LaMarr Woodely prior to the lockout. Friday morning he tweeted this: "Wanted u 2 hear it here 1st- drafted here... super bowl here.. will retire here!! time 2 get u #7!! @STEELERS 4 LIFE!!"

Translation: the Steelers signed Woodley to a six-year, $61.5 million deal. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the contract "includes a $22.5 million bonus and will significantly reduce his previous salary cap number. He was to be on the books for about $10 million in 2010 because of the franchise tag the Steelers applied to him. His new salary cap number could be about half of that."

And a source tells PFT that Woodley will make $18.1 million in 2011, and $27 million over two years making him the second highest-paid player in team history behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. (By comparison, James Harrison signed a six-year, $51.7 million contract in 2009.)

Since the lockout ended, Pittsburgh hasn't been as aggressive in free agency as their cross-state counterparts, Philadelphia, but they have been busy rejiggering their roster. They cut Max Starks, Antwaan Randle El and Flozell Adams, and re-signed cornerback Ike Taylor and now Woodley, two key cogs in the league's best defense a year ago.

A former 2007 second-round pick out of Michigan, Woodley has 39 sacks in his NFL career, including 10 in 2010. The Steelers first-round selection in 2007, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, is now on the short list of players next in line for a new deal.

One final thought on the Woodley news: Joe Flacco must be psyched.

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Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:21 am

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

@WTF_noLomardi - shut your yap, dipsh^t...your online name speaks volumes of your Eagles guys will be lucky to win the NFC east this year, and you are a Mike Vick injury away from not even being a .500 team

Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:42 am
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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:05 am

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Last I looked the Steelers can't spend any more money towards the cap then anyone else. Some teams are just stupid with it.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:29 am

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

You're not comparing apples and apples... People hate the Yankees because they exist in the MLB where there is no cap. They spend much more than every other team, hence the successful seasons. Football has a salary cap, so success is earned, not bought. 

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:05 pm

Steelers = Yankees

That's why you hear the hate. Everyone hates (i.e. envies) the most successful teams in their sport.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:59 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

By securing LaMarr Woodley and Ike Taylor, the Steelers are quietly getting ready for yet another Super Bowl run. Early season might be a bit bumpy due to injuries with the receiving corps, but in the long run, the Steelers look to have another 11 win season and division title waiting in the wings. It helps that we play in a two team division. Clowns and Bungles appear to be ready to keep up their losing traditions. The playoffs are always a crapshoot, but once the Steelers are in the playoffs, only a fool would count them out. Addressing my biggest concerns for the Steelers this season - hopefully Ben's wife will keep him in line, hopefully someone will take Mendenhall's cell phone so he can't tweet, and hopefully we can find a chauffeur for Hines. If we can take care of business on these three fronts, we should be fine in '11!

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:48 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

I think its about 15-20........

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:29 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Not really sure what any of the negative comments have to do with anything.  Why would you waste time on a blog about a player on a team from a city that you show disdain for.  Use the energy for something a little more positive.  Almost 20 years have passed since the Bucs have been in the playoffs but the future looks bright.  They sign the young players they draft, they spend money on player development which involves a baseball clinic in Latin America.  The Pens had 2 Lord Stanley's during the Lemieux era and have added 1 more at the beginning of the Crosby era.  Add a marvel of an arena and we can all purchase our playoff tickets in advance year in and year out.  6 Lombardi's, 8 Hunt's and multiple AFC Central/North title and well, you get my drift.  The city has restructured itself and has changed from a "Steel Town" to Silicon Valley in the East.  Pittsburgh has the history of steel on its side, the same steel that was used to build and develop other cities. This blog is all about Woodley's impact on the team and the league and now he has been rewarded. 

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:24 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

"Steelers were lucky last year....They are on the downslide. "

How many years in a row have we been hearing this for now?

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:15 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

In laymans terms..3 years for 25 million.  Still a great deal!!

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