The transition tag is the new franchise tag, apparently. Shortly after the Browns annouce they'd used their transition tag on Alex Mack, the Steelers followed similar suit and announced they were using the transition tag on linebacker Jason Worilds.
That means Worilds will get $9.75 million this season as a linebacker under that designation, as opposed to $11.46 if he were given the franchise tag.
However, teams may make offers to Worilds and the Steelers have the ability to match any offer sheet within seven days of it being offered to the player.
It's quite likely that there'll be a big market for Worilds, who's just 25 and coming off a season where he had eight sacks and 63 total tackles.
The problem for Pittsburgh is that they don't have much cap space. Using $9.75 million of it on Worilds would be tough, but they at least get to see how the market shapes up for him. Should teams decide to spend big on the young linebacker, Kevin Colbert and Co. can just let him walk into free agency.
Of course, it could get a little awkward if not market forms and Worilds ends up staying in Pittsburgh to take a big cap hit.
Worilds is our 51st-ranked free agent, though Pat Kirwan and Pete Prisco have a pretty large disparity in their grade for him.