The Pittburgh Steelers used their franchise tag on outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, the team announced Friday.
Woodley, 26, made $550,000 last season, the final year of his rookie contract. His salary, as a tagged linebacker, is expected to exceed $10 million next season.
Pittsburgh tagged offensive tackle Max Starks in 2009, then signed him to a four-year deal soon afterward. Last year, the team was ready to tag nose tackle Casey Hampton, but it instead signed him to a three-year deal just before the deadline to franchise players and tagged kicker Jeff Reed instead.
Woodley recorded 50 tackles and 10 sacks this season, along with two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.