Steelers linebacker sets sack goal of 400
When asked how many sacks he thinks he will record this season, Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds replied mockingly, “400.” While his answer induced laughter from reporters, it speaks to the confidence Worilds has coming into the 2014 campaign.
While Worilds was obviously joking about the sack total, he worked very hard in the offseason in preparation for his first full-time starting gig. Worilds put together an impressive streak of games the second half of 2013, and the Steelers are counting on him to continue that trend into this season.
The Steelers clearly believed that their second-round pick in 2010 was a necessary component to this season’s defense, because they signed him to a huge one-year contract this year. Worilds was designated with the transition tag this year, which came to $9.754 million for linebackers, about $2 million less than what Worilds would have made if he had been designated as the Steelers’ franchise player.
Worilds has been bothered by a calf injury recently, which has sidelined him for the majority of OTA’s. While the severity of the injury is unknown, it’s safe to assume it can’t be that bad if Worilds plans on racking up the sacks.
There has been no talk between the two sides of a long-term deal. I expect the Steelers to evaluate Worilds’ health and production this season before deciding whether or not to give him a contract extension.