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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 2, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:31 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Now, if he can just be 72nd at his position in tackles....then he can be DPOY! 

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:26 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Most Overrated LB in the league Titans Pride f Steelers Fan!

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:59 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Great signing by the Steelers, Woodley is incredible pass rusher.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:53 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

I think some of my fellow Steelers fans are forgetting one thing, Willie Gay knows how to blitz in the system, he has great timing and made some nice sacks last year,  I know he's not a great cover corner, but the basis for the Steelers pass defense often is pressuring the quarterback!  Go Woodley!

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:35 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

This is a great deal for both sides.  This is a team that will be better then last year.

IF (like every other team) the O-line can stay healthy it will be better.  I know that Max Starks is gone(for now), but the line was hurt all last year and the Steelers still made it to the Super Bowl.

I also think that the DBs will be better.  Hiring Carnell Lake as the DB coach is going to have a positive impact.  It also sounds as if the secondary is taking what happened against Green Bay personally. 

This is a great Defense for years and years.  Timmons, Woodley, Sylvester, Worilds, Hood, Heyward, and next years first round pick(replace Hampton) for the next 8-10years.  What a front 7

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:20 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

The concensus indicates the Steelers are in good shape except for corner back...and I am inclined to more than agree.  Gay is totally undependable, McFadden is highly questionable, if not, why did the Cardinals let him go, and Taylor is a lot of things but being in the top ten list is not one of them.
The rookies better bring home the bacon if the Steelers are to make a serious stance against teams that can pass the ball...oh, and for the record, Flaco and the Ravens are not such a team.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:14 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

A very sad day for Jumping Joe Flacco and Crybaby Coach Harbaugh.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:10 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

I think my favorite part of it all is how happy/excited he is to stay here.  I think it's awesome seeing stuff like that.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:38 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

The Woodley thing is awsome. He has been everything he was supposed to be and more. Wallace has been what everyone expected. he needs to do more i think. and Polamalu is still awsome when he's out there. Not sure if anyone else that is available is as good at 1005 as he is at 50%.

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:37 pm

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

To the fairweather or uneducated Steelers fan, this is why the Steelers do not do much in Free Agency. They take care of their own these days. As a Steelers fan wouldn't you prefer getting someone who has proven himself in the system? With a free agent you never know if  they will be able to pick up the system quickly. Holding on to LaMarr Woodley solidifies the Steelers OLB position for a few years to come (barring a James Harrison injury or whatever he may get himself into?) Stevenson Sylvester and Jason Worilds are waiting in the wings to replace Harrison and James Farrior. Great move! Now take care of Lawrence Timmons. Go Steelers!!!!

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