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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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Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:29 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Replacing McFadden couldnl't hurt either.




Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:14 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

I LOVE IT. HELPS GET US UNDER THE CAP AND KEEPS ONE OF THE BEST LINEBACKERS IN THE NFL. BUT WE STILL NEED A CORNERBACK. WILLIAM GAY SUCKS.......WHY DID THEY RESIGN HIM ANYWAY. HOPE ONE OF OUR ROOKIE CB'S STEPS UP AND TAKES HIS SPOT. CAN'T BE WORSE THAN HE WAS LAST YEAR ANYWAY...




Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:59 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Yep, Drew Stanton was a much better pick with this this guy still on the board. Millen sure had a nose for talent. Fo sho.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:59 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

May not be such a good signing if they actually make good on testing for HGH.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:17 pm
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

MI Nightmare:   .... and worth every sent.  

Wow.  The biggest nightmare in Michigan is clearly the education system!



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:49 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

The Steelers have done it again.  With all the courtships and activities on the free agent market, they knew there were two players at home they neede to take care of. Ike Taylor made a great decision to stay and Woodley decided to finish his career in the best place for him.  Too often players get caught up in the perception of how good they are and not the system they're in is helping to make them great, these are not two of them.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:41 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

The Steelers are still missing a key piece: a good corner! That is all we need. That way Ike Taylor can defend that 3rd speedy receiver like Wes Walker, Danny Woodhead, Jordy Nelson, Ray Rice (out of backfield), Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, etc..



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:33 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Great signing.  Just need to find another corner will be back in superbowl.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:02 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

Woodley is a beast and worth every sent. Continue on with your success my man and never forget your roots. 

GO BLUE! 



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:01 am
 

LaMarr Woodley signs 6-year, $61.5 million deal

No worries Steeler Bandwagon...the Chargers will sign away Troy Polamalu if he ever gets to where he can only start 3 games in a two year stretch...


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