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Woodley the gladiator?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

The Steelers will release LaMarr Woodley before the NFL’s 4 p.m. opening of free agency, beat man Alan Robinson reports.

This marks the end of a star-crossed career that fizzled miserably down stretch, even as it marks an opportunity for the team to take his cap hit — scheduled to be $13.59 million for 2014 — and apply it anew, maybe into one of all these cornerbacks they’ve been contacting over the weekend.

For what it’s worth, Woodley just posted this pic — without explanation — to his Facebook page …

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Your guess is as good as mine. He couldn’t possibly be thinking of himself as a gladiator, as even the least of the gladiators participated in more than 56 percent of their team’s snaps.

I spoke my mind on Woodley for the Dec. 22 column, but I want to hear from you after this development, not just about him but also about what this could mean. In particular, the next item at hand is whether Ike Taylor takes a pay cut. I’m guessing he will. Harbors zero ill will, very much wants to stay put.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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