They can retain Worilds...The need to. Woodley was playing good football before he got injured.
You can never have too many pass rushers. This would be my plan. The best scenario for the Steelers would be to lock up Worilds. You can structure the contract where year 1 isn't that big. The Steelers may get him for half of Woodley avg. In '14 both are here. Releasing-Trading Woodley in the new league year of '14 cost the Steelers money...No savings. So trading him & getting something in return would be the only way you move him in '14. Woodley, Worilds, & Jones are all here for '14. In the beginning of '15....Woodley "SHOULD" be expendable with Jones playing like the Steelers thought he could. Releasing -Trading Woodley in '15 has cap savings of 5.5 mil. Woodley will be 30. I feel 2015 is where this conversation needs to pick up again. I wouldn't consider discarding Woodley until Jones realizes him potential. The three on the roster...They are deep. Only two...They would have to start the process over again for depth.
No reason not to try & keep all three because the Steelers can get all 3 on the field at the same time. That package will get better & better as Jones develops. That could be something special.
a high priced player goes down or out and his replacement plays well and everyone wants to move on to the new guy. I can't lie, I did the same thing with Gay a few years ago and once he was the starter he was exposed. Woodley was playing good ball before the injury and a few games by Worlids doesn't mean Woodley needs to be shipped out of town.
Not knocking Worlids but where was this the last 3 years? Maybe it's due to Jones getting a few starts, maybe he is more comfortable on this side or maybe it's because the Lions and Browns aren't who we thought they were.
I just think people need to slow down a little on anointing Worlids.
Not sure why some feel the need to put our players on the first thing smoking because a player FINALLY showed a little something after 3 years.
1.25 DT Vernon Butler, La Tech, 64 323
2.58 CB Artie Burns, Miami, 511 189
3.89 OLB, Alex McCalister, Florida, 66 240-Jarvis Jones replacement
4.123 S Jayron Kearse, Clemson, 64 216-hybrid type we could use in 3-3-5 defense
6.220 OT Stephane Nembot, 67 322-raw talent with ton of upside
7.229 CB Brian Poole, Florida, 510 210
7.246 WR/KR Ed Eagan, Northwestern State, 5 10 185-need WR depth and returner
I agree with everything you wrote. But can they deal with Woodley's salary? They've been doing a pretty good job wrangling the salary cap so far. Yes it will remain to be seen if Woirlds is the real deal. It seems he is much more comfortable on the left side. With Woirlds there and Heyward coming on like a beast this D seems all of a sudden more dynamic up front.
By the way...Did anyone else see Garvin on the field yesterday? Interesting.