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Woodley signs deal worth $61.5 million

LATROBE, Pa. -- LaMarr Woodley didn't groan when the Pittsburgh Steelers slapped him with a franchise tag.

He didn't panic, either. His goal was always to remain with the defending AFC champions, and the news of the contract that will keep him in black-and-gold was so good he couldn't keep it to himself.

Rather than get some extra rest entering the second week of training camp, Woodley took to Twitter around 6 a.m. Friday morning to break the news about his six-year, $61.5 million deal.

"I set my alarm and I decided I was going to tweet this first thing in the morning," Woodley said. "That was the whole thing -- breaking the story first."

Figures. It's Woodley's way to be in a rush.

The deal makes the Pro Bowl linebacker one of the highest paid players at his position in the league while also providing the team with a little salary cap relief.

The new deal is front-loaded with bonus money, helping Pittsburgh to get some breathing room under the salary cap.


Around the league

*NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith signed the new collective bargaining agreement on a makeshift stage on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

*Marcedes Lewis signed a five-year contract worth about $35 million with the Jaguars, locking up the Pro Bowl tight end for what both sides believe will be the prime of his career. Lewis will get nearly $17 million guaranteed.

*One of the NFL's elite offenses regained a big-play receiver on Friday when Malcom Floyd and the Chargers agreed on a two-year contract.

*The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent tight end Kevin Boss, a former New York Giant.

*Damien Woody officially announced his retirement from football after 12 seasons and will join ESPN as an NFL studio analyst.

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