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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:52 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal



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Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:17 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

steelers resign 1 player.  a key player at that. next thing their the yankee's. really..what about philly's 118 million$ spending spree.


Joseph Ida
Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:41 am
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 11:16 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Awesome news



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:44 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Really Eagles fan?  What were your two QB`s convicted of?  Try winning a Super Bowl, no excuses this year for big fat Andy the supposed genius.



Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:38 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Wait..
You're an Eagles fan with #7 as your QB...and you're going to point fingers?
You've obviously huffed too many cans of cheese whiz.
How many Super Bowl trophes do you have in Philly again?
Your city's claim to fame is a cracked bell and a statue of an actor in a movie.


_WTF_NoLombardi
Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:25 am
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