Steelers “Restructure” Ike Taylor; Designate LaMarr Woodley June 1st Cut

With the start of free agency looming, the Pittsburgh Steelers made what are likely their final moves before all players hit the open market. They of course involve Ike Taylor and LaMarr Woodley.

Score one for continuity and loyalty.

#Steelers to cut @LaMarrWoodley, must absorb $14.1 in dead money salary cap hit over ’14, ’15.
— Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib) March 10, 2014

Score one for renewal, salary cap dead money, and a desire to move on.

  • Neither move amounts to a surprise for Steelers Nation.

He may be slowing a step, but Ike Taylor is still a quality corner. Moreover, the Steelers have no viable replacement ready to step in, and even if the Steelers draft a  corner with the 15 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, rookies don’t do so well in Dick LeBeau’s system.

Prior to his restructuring, Ike Taylor would have counted close to 10 million dollars towards the Steelers 2014 salary cap. Now, as reported by Dale Lolley, Taylor will restructure aka take a pay cut, of around 4.25 million.

Woodley was by far the best and brightest of Mike Tomlin’s draft picks in 2011 when Woodley signed a six year 61 million dollar contract extension. And he looked to be worth every penny of it, as he, alongside James Harrison, terrorized opposing quarterbacks.

  • Woodley started 2011 slow, for all his strengths, Woodley was a streaky player, but went on a 7 sack tear during a four game stretch in October 2011.

Then came the Steelers fateful show down vs. New England, where Woodley injured his hamstring chaing Tom Brady.

  • He has never been the same since then. 

The Steelers meanwhile drafted Jarvis Jones the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, who now will apparently start. 2013 also saw the emergence of Jason Worilds, whom the Steelers named their transition player.

The Steelers designated Woodley a June 1st cut, meaning they’ll have to carry his full salary until then, but freeing Woodley to sign with another team immediately (the move also protect the Steelers from a Woodley injury in mini-camp or OTAs….)

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