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Top Priority in Free Agency

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We have several players from last years roster who are unrestricted FA. I feel they are very important to our future. But as far as signing players from other teams, I think we should focus in on one particular player: Jason Worilds.

Worilds is a 25 year old, 6'2, 262 pound OLB, unrestricted FA from the Pittsburgh Steelers. That alone should peak your interest.

After waiting several years behind top-name players, he finally got his chance as a starter in 2013. Worilds did not disappoint. He started 11 games, racking up 63 tackles and 8 sacks. He is a very athletic, strong OLB, capable of playing the run and rushing the passer. He is the absolute ideal OLB to play opposite of Junior Galette.

If Pittsburgh were smart, they would be rushing to resign this guy. But it may not be so simple. They are currently on the hook for $13mil with Lamaar Woodley. Sticking with him would mean Worilds will continue to play more of a rotational role, without becoming "the guy" in Dick Lebeau's 3-4.

I look at it this way. What could be our potential holes in the roster? And what could be more easily filled through the draft? Without getting in to any specific order, I believe you could say our biggest needs are OT, C, WR, CB, OLB, S. Right off the bat I will say that there is a ridiculous amount of talent at WR in this draft. You can also get quality CBs and even Cs through the early to mid rounds. That leaves OT, S, and OLB. This is not a very deep class for either OT or S. You can find talent early on in this draft. But regardless, we have Malcolm Jenkins, Zach Strief, and Charles Brown available to resign if we choose that direction.

The OLB position is much different. This is an extremely weak class at OLB. You can expect several of the top prospects at OLB to be gone by OLB. After that, the talent drop off is of a wide margin. We are looking at Junior Galette, Victor Butler off season-ending injury, Keyunta Dawson, Rufus Johnson, and UFA Parys Haralson. I feel like this position is most beneficial to attack through FA. And within FA, Jason Worilds is the top dog. The only argument may be made for Brian Orakpo, but because of cost and injury concerns, I think Worilds is the more valuable asset.

A Steeler blog site outlined that a deal for Worilds would most like be in the 5 year, $30mil range. I think this is not only very much within our range, but an extremely valuable signing.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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