Steelers Expected to Tag OLB LaMarr Woodley

The Steelers are committed to keeping LaMarr Woodley in black and gold, even if it means putting the franchise tag on him.

That’s the rumor from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who says that you can put it down that the Steelers WILL put the tag on Woodley before the deadline on February 23rd.

Woodley is set to be a free agent this offseason, this after finished up his final year on his rookie contract that paid him $500,000 in the 2010 season.

The outside linebacker recorded 60 tackles, 13 sacks and two interceptions over the course of the 2010 season and playoffs.

If the Steelers put the tag on him, he will have to be paid the average of the top salaries at his position in 2011. You can bet the Steelers want to ink him to a long-term deal, meaning the tag won’t be on him for very long.

The history of the Steelers when it comes to tagged players is to get a deal done, and that’s going to be the plan with Woodely as well.

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