Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley officially signed his franchise tender Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Although the future of the tag is uncertain, Woodley is due a huge pay raise of approximately $10.2 million in 2011 compared to the $550,000 he made last season.
The Steelers will continue to try and work out a long-term extension with Woodley. Because Woodley is a former second-round pick who didn't make a large salary, neither side could do much because of the 30-percent rule under the current collective bargaining agreement. A new CBA will provide an opportunity for both sides to resume negotiations.