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Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 10:11 am
PolamaluPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In this column from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Dejan Kovacevic, the author discusses whether the Steelers should lock up S Troy Polamalu for life.

As Kovacevic points out, there really isn’t a clear-cut answer. A Steelers fan’s heart will say yes, for sure. But when you break it down with your brain, maybe giving Polamalu a long-term and expensive extension on his contract, which will expire at the end of 2012, isn’t the best idea for Pittsburgh.

Here’s one reason Polamalu should be rewarded: He’s still an incredible player. Despite injuries that have limited him to 19 games in the past two seasons, he makes plays few others in the league could make. He tied his career high with seven interceptions last season, and he’s such a popular figure among Steelers fans that it makes sense to keep him in the city’s embrace forever.

But lest you forget,’s own Pete Prisco called Polamalu the most overrated player in the game.

Prisco’s reasoning?

He was a spinning top in the Super Bowl, trying to cover Packers receivers and instead watched them rip off big gains and two touchdowns on his watch.

The Packers exposed the reason I think Polamalu is overrated. He isn't great in coverage and the NFL is now a cover game.
He's a good player. He's just not great.

I've always believed he was a gambler in the back end, and good teams and smart quarterbacks could take advantage of his aggressive style, which the Packers and Aaron Rodgers did. He gets away with it against bad quarterbacks, but good ones can use his aggressive style to their advantage (See Tom Brady).

Besides, Polamalu is going to be expensive. As the Trib Review points out, the highest-paid safety in the league is Kansas City’s Eric Berry, who signed a six-year, $60 million deal after he was drafted in 2010. I imagine Polamalu will want more than that.

Which might make it extremely hard for the Steelers to keep him.

“There's been no discussion yet (of a new deal), but I'd say it's highly likely that was because of the lockout,” his agent, Marvin Demoff, told the paper. "We'd be open to it, sure. Troy's played there eight years and wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh."

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Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:31 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

A better question might be, who can you possibly say is better? Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens comes to mind as someone who'd earn some mentions. As much as I respect Reed and his immense talent, I can't rank him above Polamalu. OK, before you shout that I'm a homer and that I'm biased, consider some evidence with me. Do you ever hear about defenses game planning around Ed Reed? How about quarterbacks saying that they have trouble locating him and have to worry about his location constantly while a play is in progress? Have you ever heard a quarterback say he's outright scared of Reed? Troy Polamalu's highlight-reel interception versus San Diego two years ago. I have never heard those things about Reed. Let's be clear, he's a close second. But he doesn't have the game-destroying skills that Polamalu possesses. He's just not that kind of safety. He's more of a traditional player. Polamalu is unlike anyone who's playing defense in the NFL right now. He does it all.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:16 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

hate much fool

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:14 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

h e l l yes this reporter is a fool

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:14 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Troy in blue and he going to Detroit?  I think not, but if were to leave the Burgh, he would be better off with the Lions.  What is it with Pathetic fans...they support the second most egotist regime and cheating is their mantra...if not, how else do you explain their SB wins?

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:50 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Not in the preseason. If they are going to extend him it would make sense to wait until later in the season. If the guy is hurt again this year, Offer him half of what he is worth since he only plays anout half the full schedule. He can take it or leave it. If Troy wasn't fragile then sure. But the reality is he's a good solid player when he's on the field. Sure he's overrated and doesnt cover well. But he means more to the steelers than anyone else because he's their leader. Plus, he plays the run well. A two or 3 year deal at an cost of the average price of the top three safety's prorated for the amount of games he's played in the past 3 years makes sense. Anything else is risky. Better back load that contract and keep the guaranteed money to a minimum.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:24 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

The Real question I ask to Steelers fans: Is Troy worth 10+ million a year long term?

Ed Reed WAS injured last year (as well) only played 10 games yet led the league in interceptions (again)
Ed is currently due a pay raise (currently 6.5M) JUST with his numbers and his solid play, even when hurt.

Troy is worth that much if not a little more due to his relative low age and leadership to the Steelers.
As much as I hate the Black n Gold (even from my BALTIMORE Colts days) I still respect the Steelers.
Troy deserves big money even for safety but 10+ a year? YIKES!

To not re-sign Head n Shoulders Troy, would be almost as bad as letting Ed Reed play somewhere else but Baltimore.
I think a 5 year deal for 45M would be about what it takes to keep him in Pittsburgh.
Get this done Pittsburgh! This from a Ravens fan!

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Loud "Yes" and he should retire--whenever thta time occurs--a Steeler.

Nothing "Yinzer" about my comments. TP is a leader on an off the field and a wonderful role model for kids.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Polamalu changes games, period.
Maxxman you have made a bunch of 5-star worthy points in your post, but the one about Troy Polamalu being a game changer is the best of the bunch.
This extending Troy Polamalu matter is a really a non-issue to most Pittsburgh Steelers fans because we know that the front office does a pretty good job of knowing when to extend guys (see: Ben Roethlisberger) and when to cut them loose (see: Alan Faneca). I am confident that they will make the right decision when it comes to addressing Troy's contract situation.

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