If Around The League picked up on the clamor of teams waiting with baited breath for Jason Worilds to reach free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers were surely aware of the linebacker's league-wide popularity.
Whereas the franchise tag for linebackers is $11.455 million, Worilds will earn $9.754 million under the lesser tag. The transition designation gives the Steelers five days to match any prospective offers.
With Brian Orakpo and Greg Hardy off the market, Worilds was set to become the most coveted young pass rusher on the open market.
General manager Kevin Colbert has suggested he might find a way to keep both edge rushers, but the team is currently over the cap limit.
Cap-strapped to the extreme, Colbert will be fun to watch if he's forced to counter a long-term offer from another team to Worilds.
The latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast" works through our top 101 free agents and responds to some heat from Donte Whitner.