- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Despite unhappiness with his current contract, Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker LaMarr Woodley will show up on time for training camp when players are due to report on Friday, a source told ESPN.com.
The Steelers recently decided they will not renegotiate Woodley's deal before the start of the 2010 season. After recording 25 sacks the past two seasons, Woodley will make $550,000 in the final year of his rookie contract.
Pittsburgh traditionally does not negotiate contracts during the season, which means talks are not expected to resume until 2011 when Woodley is due to become a free agent.
If Woodley, 25, has another strong season, keeping him in Pittsburgh could be expensive. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos recently set a new bar for pass rushers by signing a $61.5 million extension that reportedly includes $43.168 million in guarantees.
A franchise tag for Woodley also is a possibility if it remains within the new collective bargaining agreement next season.
James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.
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