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Jason Worilds To Replace Harrison?

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- Now that James Harrison won’t be with the Steelers in the next season, some are speculating as to who could be his replacement.

Bob Pompeani talked about Harrison’s release from the team on 93-7 The Fan with Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review who suggested Jason Worilds could be a contender.

Kaboly said that the Steelers will go into the off-season with the idea that Worilds will start.

“However, they could fill out the spot with a free-agent or two,” Kaboly said.

He said that the team could have a few mid-level free agents come in for a visit, but money will be a factor.

“It always comes back to the money and they might not have the money to be able to pay anybody of any note to come in,” Kaboly said. “So right now, they’re putting all the stock into Jason Worilds.”

The Steelers didn’t have much of a choice, he said, when Harrison wouldn’t take a pay-cut.

Although it’s not clear how much of a pay cut the Steelers were suggesting to Harrison, Kaboly says it could have been almost 50 percent.

“I’m guessing it’s right around $3 million or so,” he said.

Kaboly said it had to have been a significant amount, taking into account his age, injuries and the players behind him.

Worilds can be capable as a starter though, provided he can stay healthy, Kaboly said.

“If he stays healthy, I think he’s more than capable,” he said.

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