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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: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:55 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

What makes Polamalu crucial to the team is while he is arguably the most physical defensive backs in the game, he CAN do well in coverage. 17 interceptions in the last 35 regular season games. That is hardly a guy who is not great in coverage. I disagree with the decision to give the Defensive Player of the Year Award, but nobody can deny that he is a good player. Steelers will surely end up keeping him no matter how much money he wants. He is one of those guys who is worth overpaying for.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:38 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

i love you man! great stand! fuck prissyco

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:33 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:31 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

The only way that I see the Steelers not signing Polamalu to a extended deal is if the Steelers can come across a big-time safety by either through the draft or via free agency that's good,if not better than Polamalu. There's only a few safeties in the NFL right now that I would rather have than Polamalu.

Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:39 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Palamalu will be extended. End of discussion.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:10 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

no doubt about it, hes a good player, but then again , no doubt about it, hes NOT a great player.  He's had fantastic teams around him his entire career.

Some of these comments much like this one, would lead me to speculate that the people responding to the post are doing so out of pure jealousy.   This might be one of the worst post here.  Hes had fantastic teams around him?????? Duh, and he's been a huge part of their fantastic defense.  its no coincidence that the steelers have been to three superbowls since he's been around.  The guy has done some amazing things his entire career including last season.  theidiot writer prisco or whatever his name is, chooses to pick out one game where he didnt do anything spectacular.  Like no other great player has had an off day.  Maybe Tom Brady shouldnt get in the hall of fame since hes been rotten in his last two playoff games.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:38 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

This might be the dumbest question ever, the other 31 teams can stop thinking about him He will retire a steeler!!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:13 pm

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

No doubt about it, he's a good player, but then again, no doubt about it, he's NOT a great player.  He's had a fantastic team behind him his entire career.  We wouldn't even know he has hair if he played for Cleveland or a team lesser than Pitts.  Sure plenty of teams will take him, like I said he's good, but if he demands the $10mill  nimber being thrown around you'll see that list get very very short very very fast.  Use your head Troy, don't try to break the bank because you'll just get your heart broke and find yourself on a team watching the playoffs instead of playing in them.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:08 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

He's already a first ballot HOF'er, according to Steelers fans...

To be honest they're screwed without him...The Steelers usually move on when it's time to do so, but I don't think this is one of those situations...He hasn't regressed that much..Sure, he has a problem staying healthy, and you can't pay him what Eric Berry making...maybe he won't ask for that much?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:49 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Of course the Steelers should extend him, but they should do so at a price that makes sense. The league is now using a 2009 salary cap. There is no room for lifetime achievement contracts. Not for a safety, anyway. Manning will get one, but that's a different story. And remember that the Steelers (and Patriots) stay ahead of the game by knowing when to make difficult decisions on star players.

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