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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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Comments

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:28 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

When Troy is healthy he's one of the top playmakers out there but he's just not healthy enough to warrant this last minute type thing. If he makes it through the year then maybe the franchise tag is the way to go. 2008 is the last time he made it all the way without significant time off. 07,09, and last year were tough when he has out. If he can't make it this year it might be time to shop around a bit.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:20 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Troy NOT only makes amazing plays on the field, but he is an amazing leader on and off the field for the Steelers!  He is beloved by the Steeler Nation and don't forget the financial side of the house -- he is a HUGE draw for WOMEN, and his jersey is a top seller as well.  If the Rooney Family cares about their legacy, they need to sign Troy Polamalu to a long term deal so he retires a Steeler! 




Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:48 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Push him out the door, maybe one more decent season and he is done!



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:42 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Well said. He has been a great player but his best years are behind him



Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:02 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

First off this would be great for the Steelers organization cause just like Lambert was the face of the Steelers in the 70's. Polamalu is the face of the Steelers today. So I would love to see Polamalu retire as a Steeler. GO STEELERS 2011



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

i think they should trade him away and get a couple of good draft picks and a player, like maybe go for tanard jackson from the buccaneers. i just dont see how they can sign him back considering they are only 4 mill under the cap and they are going to have to sign wallace.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

I think Pittsburgh absolutely HAS to get this deal done. And sooner is ALWAYS better than later. Once Hines Ward retires in the upcoming seasons, I believe Polamalu is set to be the face of the entire franchise. Once Ward does decide it's time, we are not only losing a pro bowler or just another reciever, we are losing the true leader of this team. Call him what you want, like him or hate him, Hines Ward is clearly the leader, and those are big shoes to fill. If anybody can fill 86's shoes, it's Polamalu.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

No denying, guy makes a lot of plays.....but misses a lot of games. Should be interesting to see how the Steelers handle this.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Haa, yeah, cause we've NEVER seen Ed Reed get beat deep am I right? Huh? Get out of here bro, Ed Reed is a gambler, most times he makes the right read, but when he doesn't? It's a HUGE mistake.

Polamalu is a Tiger out there, he plays with passion, heart and is a waaay better all around safety then Ed Reed. I'm talking about tackling, blitzing, playing the run, ect.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

dude, Ed Reed? injuries? give me a break - Troy's got Super Bowl trophies and another on the way - Ed Reed will retire when they lose the division (again) to PITT .......Ronnie Lott IS the best ever - but come on, Ed Reed? Forget the SB, every HOF safety has gotten burned once or twice in their careers.....


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