Steelers notebook: Worilds biding time for long-term contact
Even though there is no long-term deal imminent, Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds is hoping that will change before the start of the season.
“I hope so, but it is one day at a time,” said Worilds following the Steelers organized team activities at Heinz Field on Tuesday. “If I continue with that approach, everything will fall in line.”
The Steelers placed the rarely used transition tag on Worilds in March that guaranteed they would have the final say whether the unrestricted free agent would return.
When Worilds agreed to the transition tag a day later, that assured him a guaranteed $9.745 million deal for 2014, and it was assumed the Steelers would be motivated to sign Worilds to a long-term deal to ease his salary cap number.
With two months left until the Steelers' self-imposed deadline to negotiate contracts, the two sides have yet to come to terms.
Worilds said he hopes a deal can be done.
“Absolutely, as far as long term,” Worilds said. “You put so much time and effort in with these guys, so you want to be here for the duration of your career.”
Worilds was drafted out of Virginia Tech by the Steelers in the second round of the 2010. In his career, Worilds has started 21 regular-season games and registered 18 sacks and three forced fumbles. Last season, he set career highs in starts (11), tackles (54), sacks (eight) and forced fumbles (two).
Home sweet home
The Steelers held their practice session at Heinz Field where 19 rookies set foot on the home surface for the first time.
“It's great to be out here and see what the stadium looks like from the inside-out instead of from the outside-in,” first-round pick Ryan Shazier said. “I'm just ready to get everything started.”
More from Moore
Free agent wide receiver Lance Moore has continued to impress heading into the third and final week of organized practices.
Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who roomed with Moore at Toledo, said to expect much more out of the diminutive receiver once he gets used to the system.
“I don't think we even saw what he can really do yet,” Gradkowski said. “It is still early on, and Lance still has a lot more in him. The guy is a competitor. He is a professional, and he takes care of his business.”
Rookie third-round pick Dri Archer continues to practice returning punts despite not doing it in his final year at Kent State.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Archer said. “It's something I've been doing every day since I've been here, so I feel very comfortable with it.”
Time almost up
Rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt hasn't been permitted to take part in OTAs because his school, UCLA, had yet to graduate. UCLA is on a quarters system, and its final day of classes is Friday.
Zumwalt, however, is permitted to take part in the Steelers' minicamp from June 17-19.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Moore hopes to see red (zone) in Steelers debut
- Steelers notebook: Ravens DL fined for hit on Roethlisberger
- Steelers’ Timmons looks to reverse defense’s struggles
- Steelers’ Polamalu relying on smarts as physical skills decline
- Steelers notebook: Big Ben sees increase in throwing out of shotgun
- Steelers’ Brown combats disruptive defensive ploys
- Steelers notebook: RT Gilbert not in danger of losing his job
- Steelers defense a long way from ‘greatest of all time’
- Steelers’ Roethlisberger still hurting after hard hit from Ravens’ Upshaw
- Rossi: Bell played, and Steelers needed him
- Steelers film session: Missed tackles prove costly