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Report: Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley signs six-year, $61.5 million contract

08.05.11 at 10:31 am ET

A source close to negotiations told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter Friday morning that Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract. The deal makes Woodley the second-highest paid player in Steelers history, behind only quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who signed an eight-year, $102 million contract in 2008.

Woodley will make $18.1 million in his first year, and $27 million over the first two.

Woodley has averaged nearly 10 sacks per season over the first four years of his NFL career. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009, when he set career-highs in sacks (13.5), solo tackles (50) and total tackles (62).

Woodley recorded 10 sacks and 50 tackles (35 solo) during the 2010-11 season. He also recorded one sack in each of Pittsburgh’s three playoff games, including Super Bowl XLV. He forced three fumbles, recovered two and scored his first touchdown, on a Week 14 interception against the Bengals.

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