Steelers apply transition tag to linebacker Jason Worilds
The fate of outside linebacker Jason Worilds is a highly talked about free-agency topic around the NFL. He is one of the top linebackers set to hit the market March 11th after having a career year with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.
Today, the Steelers announced they have assigned the transition tag to Worilds. Although the transition tag has been used very rarely since the league made the money that goes along with it fully guaranteed, it basically gives the Steelers five days to match any offer made to Worilds. If Worilds signs elsewhere, the Steelers receive no compensation.
The advantage of using the transition tag instead of the franchise tag is that the Steelers saved $1.7 million because the transition tag is seen as a free-agent tender. Worilds would be due $9.75 million if he were to sign the tender, but the Steelers will still face some very stiff competition for Worilds’ services. It’s possible that they will be up against an offer they can’t match even having applied the transition tag.