Worilds this morning signed the tag and according to CBS Sports can't consider any more offers other than one made by the Steelers.
If Worilds doesn't reach a long-term agreement with the team, he will play this season for $9.754 million.
The Steelers will now attempt to lower that cap number by signing Worilds to a multi-year deal. Players normally prefer a signing bonus to a tag salary, which is divided into 17 game checks.
Worilds (6-2, 262) was originally drafted by the Steelers in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech. He's started 21-of-57 regular season games played and registered 121 tackles (90 solo), 18 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Last season he set career highs in starts (11), tackles (54), sacks (8) and forced fumbles (2).
SteelCityInsider.net capologist Ian Whetstone on Monday calculated that the tag puts the Steelers approximately $15.7 million over the estimated $133 million cap limit that all teams must be under by 4 p.m. on March 11.
The Steelers can clear $6.25 million by cutting Levi Brown and can clear another $7.85 million with full restructurings of the Lawrence Timmons and Antonio Brown contracts. Ike Taylor's $7 million salary on the final year of his contract is also in jeopardy.
Reportedly, the Steelers created cap room earlier Monday by extending the contract of Heath Miller and reducing his $6.02 million salary.