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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, CBSSports.com’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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Comments

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:16 am
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Not that good, huh?  Learn a little about football you idiots.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

M3thinking....great line, wish I would have thought of that!  You are very right!!!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Rockweiller....the guy has had 6 concussions at last I heard, and he is still pretty young!  Think they won't catch up to him?  Better believe it!!!



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Pete Prisco is a good writer. He's just not a very smart writer. Over a two season period the Steelers were 14-4 with Polamalu in the lineup and 5-7 without him. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers took advantage of his strained achilles, because of which, he couldn't play his aggressive style. I didn't think it was possible for one man to make such a difference in team sport, but he obviously did. I hope when it comes time to renegotiate Prisco's contract, they don't compare his sports coverage to Polamalu's secondary coverage.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

nah, this guy isn't that good..brodney pool is so much better



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

great player at the end of his run, if you cant play a whole season, what good are you?



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Pete Prisco makes prehistoric cave-writing look like Hemingway. Who is sorry that he chose this line of work ? His parents are.
Troy is the best safety in the league...that isn't even debatable. Of course the Steelers will re-sign him long term , he would prefer to retire having spent his entire career with the Steelers. He has two rings and three Super Bowl appearances with the team that drafted him. He will someday be a first ballot HOFer and so the deal will get done.
Prisco should do weekend cleaning for the Association of Wrong Career Choices... what an idget.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?




Pete Priscoe doesn't know his ass from his elbow!
Polamalu was hurt in the SB and it showed.
To judge him off that one bad game is absurd!

Although I will say he was not deserving of Defensive POY award last year, he was still the best safety in the league.
His ability to cover tons of ground pre and post snap, allows LaBeau to come up with all kinds of extravagant blitz schemes. Without him Steelers Defense probably still top 10 but not #1.
How quickly people forget the insane plays this guy makes.
But I probably should thank Priscoe in advance for providing motivation for Troy to prove him wrong this season. Providing he stays healthy of course.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Look...Troy might not be the best safety in the league, but he's a top 3 for sure! Polamalu is a huge piece to the Steelers (DF) puzzle, without him our secondary would have been a complete wreck!

I don't think there's a question he stays in Pittsburgh!  Oh lets not forget the exciting factor Troy gives the fans!

I also forgot to mention Troy is not only a great player, he's also a very nice person! I have family members that have spent a few minutes with him here & there and all have said he's very nice!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Look...Troy might not be the best safety in the league, but he's a top 3 for sure! Polamalu is a huge piece to the Steelers (DF) puzzle, without him our secondary would have been a complete reck!

I don't think there's a question he stays in Pittsburgh!  Oh lets not forget the exciting factor Troy gives the fans!


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