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.
Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds is ready to roll for the Week 10 game against the Jets. He had been deemed probable with an abdomen issue.
Safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring) has been added to the list of Steelers who have been ruled out for the Sunday game against the host Jets. He was limited in the last two practices.
Already deemed out were fellow safeties Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), Troy Polamalu (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm).
The injury-related probables are linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen) and wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring).
An abdomen ailment that prevented Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds from practicing Wednesday did not limit him Thursday. He practiced in full.
Barring a setback, Worilds appears set to play Sunday against the host Jets.
An abdomen issue had Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds sidelined from Wednesday practice. He has started every game this season. It remains to be seen if the problem changes his status for Sunday against the host Jets.
Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds isn't complaining about being used in pass coverage - just stating what he sees as the truth. And he's not thrilled about losing opportunities to perform his specialty - rushing the quarterback.
"I would think they understand that," Worilds told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I would hope they know that I rush the passer, so if they put me out of position, they do it knowing that they're taking me out of position to make plays.
"Some of the things that we're doing, some of the positions that they're playing [us] is kind of to help the defense, more so than from, I guess, a schematic standpoint with me individually rushing. ... It if helps the defense ... I'm going to do that for my team."
The Steelers have struggled defensively, however. They rank fourth-last in the AFC with 139 points allowed. They rank 23rd in the league with just nine sacks. Worilds has two sacks this season after recording eight in 2013.
Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is not about to blame one player for his team's inability to sack the quarterback this season. Pittsburgh has just four sacks in their last three games, but he is not pointing the finger at linebacker Jason Worilds, who has just one.
"[Worilds] is playing hard," LeBeau told ESPN. "As a defense we have to get better in that area, but I would not hang it on anyone personally." LeBeau added that the Steelers came close to recording a few sacks of Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon in Week 4 before falling short.
Worilds racked up eight sacks in 2013.
Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds has been fined $16,537 for his low hit on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton in Week 3, per Steelers Depot.
Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds is not expected to play Thursday against the Panthers in a preseason finale. His status remains up in the air for Week 1 of the season on Sept. 7.
Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds was forced out of Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles in Philadelphia with a right knee injury. He left the game in the second half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He left the game as a precaution, and structurally, his knee is "fine" per the NFL Network. He registered three total tackles before leaving the game.
Steelers transition player Jason Worilds rejected the team's multi-year contract offer, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team won't go any higher, the report said, so 26-year-old outside linebacker can either reconsider or play 2014 on his $9.7 million transition tag.
Worilds had 63 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles last year.
Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds signed his transition tag and is scheduled to make $9.75 million for the 2014 season, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The team and Worilds have made progress in negotiating a long-term deal and "that will be the goal of both parties now," La Canfora wrote.
The Steelers designated linebacker Jason Worilds with the transition tag on Monday, meaning they will have the right to match any offer another team makes to the linebacker this spring. But his future will affect LaMarr Woodley, who is on the chopping block based on his salary and recent injury track record.
Woodley missed 14 games over the past three seasons, but he would count nearly $14 million in dead money on the salary cap, a problem since the Steelers are tight against the salary cap as it is. But the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that if the Steelers keep Worilds then they'll likely release Woodley.
Worilds had eight sacks and 63 total tackles with a pair of forced fumbles, all career highs.
Eight players received the franchise tag in 2013. This year, four players got franchised and two drew the transition tag, which had not been used since 2011.
Getting the franchise tag were Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Jets kicker Nick Folk, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Browns center Alex Mack and Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds were designated as transition players.
The deadline for tagging players passed at 4 p.m. ET.
The Steelers placed the transition tag on outside linebacker Jason Worilds, giving Pittsburgh the right to match any offers Worilds receives. Worilds is set to play the 2014 season for $9.754 million.
He and Browns center Alex Mack were the first two players to get transition tags since Philly's David Akers in 2011.
Outside linebacker Jason Worilds is unlikely to re-sign with the Steelers and could command $6 million to $7 million annually if he hits free agency, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Worilds, who turns 26 on Monday, had eight sacks and two forced fumbles last season.