Steelers Sign Woodley to 6-Year, $61.5M Deal

LaMarr Woodley, y’all.

I don’t have a whole lot to add so I’ll get right to the details: the Steelers have signed Woodley to a six-year, $61.5 million deal, with $22 million in guarantees. According to PFT, 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.)

So, yeah: yay for signing your own players and not pissing away precious salary-cap dollars on high-priced free agents. (Not that the Steelers would do that anyway, just thinking about how people are falling all over themselves to give the Eagles the Lombardi Trophy. It’s August — settle down.)

Word on the street is that LaMarr’s deal is the second-richest in team history behind Big Ben’s. If you’re interested, Deebo signed a six-year, $51.7 million deal in 2009.

And I thought I couldn’t get any happier after the Steelers re-signed ROBO-PUNTER. The miracles keep coming.

Next up: Juan Timmons.

Added bonus: LaMarr tweets (while studying!)

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  • Mike L

    When they report contract like this they include the signing bonus as part of the first year, since the player does received the money right away. The signing bonus is most likely somewhere in the 15 million dollar range with 3.1 million the first year as a base salary. That prorates to 2.5 million against the cap for the bonus each yr so this year’s cap hit is 5.6 million. Then there could be a roster bonus next year in the 5 million dollar range giving a base of 3.9+ 5 million roster bonus. This protects the team should a career ending injury occurs this season, even though they would be on the hook for 12.5 million of the signing bonus it would be a low number in regard to a contract this size. This frees up money to sign Timmons which would be a very good idea. I see them waiting on Polomalu because of injury history and the contract he could demand coming off the DPOY award. Also for older players next year much of the weight of the contract could be pushed to 2014+ when it is believed the salary cap will jump considerable from new television contracts. A Timmons contract of 6 year @ 48 million would be good because next year he could command in the 72 million range.

  • Cols714

    Timmons, then Polamalu. The defense seems to be set for a while. The secondary is getting old, so hopefully some of the younger CBs can step it up. Besides that, the DL has two young guys, the LBs are youngish with only Farrior showing signs of age. His replacement is probably on the roster in Stevenson. I know Harrison is older, but he hasn’t exactly been slowing down.

    So far the front office has done a pretty good job getting younger on defense while remaining one of the best defenses in the league.

  • Anonymous

    We could move Woodson to safety, and we play a lot of Nickel.    

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