Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker LaMarr Woodley has signed a six-year contract worth $61.5 million that is considered to be the next highest agreement in team history after merely Ben Roethlisberger, according to a reliable source who informed ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Woodley’s deal will pay $18.1 million in the first year and $27 million in the first two.
Woodley, who has 39 career sacks in four season, had been chosen with the franchise tag by the Steelers.
He was called to the Pro Bowl in 2009, when he listed a career-high 13 ½ sacks with 62 tackles, 50 of which were solo. He had 10 sacks with 50 tackles last season.
Woodley’s deal comes less than a week after Roethlisberger accepted to restructure his contract to assist the defending AFC champions obtain under the $120.4 million salary cap.
In 2008, the quarterback was signed to an eight-year with $102 million agreement. According to his agent, the reorganizing will not affect the length or money concerned.
The Steelers came in the training camp around $10 million of the salary cap and last week released veterans Max Starks, Flozell Adams and Antwaan Randle El to shed payroll.
Linebacker James Harrison as well will be restructured his contract. He signed a six-year contract with $51.7 million in 2009.