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Steelers to cut LB Woodley; CB Taylor staying

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Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was informed he will be released this week with a post-June 1 designation, which saves the Pittsburgh Steelers money against the 2014 salary cap.

Cutting Woodley was expected after Jason Worilds, who uprooted Woodley from his left outside linebacker spot last season, was given the transition designation.

Woodley is owed more than $25 million over the next three seasons with more than $13.7 million in prorated bonuses to account for, the type of bookkeeping that has the Steelers sweating every precious cent with free agency beginning.

Meanwhile, veteran cornerback Ike Taylor, who was considered a possible cap casualty, announced Monday night on Twitter that he will be staying with the Steelers.

NFL.com reported that Taylor took a pay cut from the $7 million he was due in 2014 to remain with the team.

"The INK is about to dry on this paper...im a LIFER...will retire as a ROONEY and a LEBEAU," Taylor tweeted, referring to playing for the Rooney family and for longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

Taylor, who will turn 34 in May, joined the Steelers as a fourth-round draft pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003. He started all 16 games for the Steelers in 2013. Taylor has been a starter since the 2005 season.

Releasing Woodley officially June 1 allows the Steelers to divide the cap penalty into 2014, rather than absorbing it now. Cutting him before June 1 would have resulted in a $14.2 million cap penalty in so-called dead money. Instead, the Steelers save approximately $8 million.

Safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller were on similar footing until signing new contracts with the Steelers last week that reduced their cap figures significantly.

Offensive lineman Levi Brown was released.

Injuries reduced Woodley's role the past two seasons, and he finished last season on injured reserve. He had 35 sacks from 2008-10 playing opposite James Harrison.

With Worilds on the left side, the Steelers could give 2013 first-round pick Jarvis Jones an audition for an expanded role but will also consider bargain shopping in free agency and look to a solid 2014 draft class that general manager Kevin Colbert called the deepest in his 30 years of scouting.
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