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Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:27 am
Posted by Will Brinson

When the Steelers decided to hand 25-year-old linebacker Lawrence Timmons a six-year, $50 million extension a few weeks ago as well as give LaMarr Woodley a six-year, $51.5 million extension off his franchise-tagging, it was believed that any sort of deal for safety Troy Polamalu was probably off the table. In fact, our own Ryan Wilson first noted that the logical move would be franchising Polamalu, perhaps until he retired.

But Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Wednesday morning that the Steelers are engaging in "an 11th-hour attempt" to sign the reigning Defensive Player of the Year before the season begins.

In fact, the deal would need to be done within the next 30 (or so) hours, as the Steelers do not negotiate contract extensions during the season except in the rarest of cases. Because Polamalu and the Steelers aren't particularly close on a deal, it was just assumed that the two sides would hold off on talks until after 2011.

However, Art Rooney, according to Bouchette, had a "change of heart" last week and decided that the team should make a play for getting Polamalu locked into a deal for the remainder of his career.

It's an interesting situation because the Steelers are always careful about the long-term deals they hand out -- you'll noticed, as with the Timmons and Woodley extensions, that Polamalu's contract brought him to the age of 31. Signing the incredibly talented but oftentimes injured (just one full season since 2006) safety to an additional long-term deal at the age of 31 might seem dangerous.

Polamalu, however, embodies the Steelers organization and the difference he makes when on the field in Dick LeBeau's defense has been obvious for years.

The issue may simply be time, though, because unless the two sides are particularly close right now, it seems unlikely that they could close a deal before Week 1's action kicks off.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

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Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:44 pm

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Troy is a media darling and that is NOT saying he isn't an extremely talented player who gives his whole heart and soul to EVERY game he plays.  I adore watching him pick apart the teams I like least, the Ravens, etc.  And I'm equally happy, not maliciously, to see him injured when the Steelers play against my bumbling Bengals.  As a whole, a nice and balanced person, I think he should get a deserved contract for at least 3 years (I believe he has it in him, in spite of his knee injuries).   The monetary agreement should reflect his past service to his team and continuing service by putting a likeable face on a team I favored in the 70's but am not particularlly impressed with right now.  I guess the numbers will tell his HOF potential.  As to one of the greatest players I've ever watched and hate him while I love him (when he plays against my teams), he's the tops!!

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:06 pm

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Hate the Steelers, hate the hair cut. - Love the player

Troy is a beast on the field and the class of teh league.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:26 pm

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

every year brady looks more and more like a woman in a mans body.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:25 pm

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu is a great player. He is a media darling and he is a genuinely nice person. He is a great role model. I love the fact that he went back to college and graduated with his degree.

I agree with the posts that say sign him for 3 or 4 more years and let him be the face of the Steelers franchise.

I hope Polamalu stays heathy and has a great rest of his career.  I respect the way he plays the game.


Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:02 pm

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

One of the toughest things for teams to decide is what to pay Superstars whose best years are behind them. Teams obviously want new contracts to reflect what they will get out of the player over the length of the upcoming contract, and the player wants to be paid for his extraordinary past performance. Football is the most difficult of all sports to come to a middle ground as the injury factor is greatest.

Historically, the Steelers have been very good at knowing when to let a player go (Porter, Faneca, Gildon, etc.)...usually they have a very talented player waiting to take their place. Always better to let a player walk a year early than a year late. Troy is a difficult player to gage, however. Obviously, the Steelers don't have someone even remotely close to doing what Troy can do on the field. He is a unique player with Hall of Fame type skills (not saying he is a definite HOF today but could be with a few more outstanding seasons) Personally, I would take a chance and extend Troy 3 additional years. If the Steelers get two seasons of A+ Troy, one season of B+ Troy and one season of C Troy its well worth the investment.  

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:06 am

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Sign him for four more years. I don't think his body can take  more than that and I'm not making fun off him.

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