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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 10, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

I love Troy Polamalu and the way he plays the game.  He deserves to get paid for sure, but there is some serious risk involved in giving him a long term deal.  The reason I like watching him play is because he is reckless and plays with no fear.  That playing style usually equals some missed games due to injury.  He's no spring chicken anymore either, so even though he is one of the best, his style may hurt his chances at getting a deal done at this point I think.  



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

At Tory age an injury history it would be a great business decision to go one year at a time from here on in.  Troy is still capable but his speed is way down the last two season.   A franchise tag would give Troy top money...at his age I am not sure he could do better than that.



Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

The best safety of all time is Ronnie Lott, and Polamalu is not even close.  Ed Reed is a better safety than Troy, however Troy is definitely the best strong safety in the game today.  He's dominant in the box and on the line of scrimmage.  However, he's still injury prone, and he still struggles in coverage (or did you not see Greg Jennings DESTROY him on a simple slant and go route in the end zone during the Super Bowl?).  He deserves a deal because of his work ethic and play, but I don't think he'll be elite past age 31 so I wouldn't give him an extension.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

SO WOULD THE BILLS,,,HAHA , JUST WISHIN




Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Whether you can compare Polamalu to Lewis or Sanders can be debated, but saying he has slowed down a bit is just plain dumb.  Sorry to be insulting, but he just won the defensive player of the year award!  Not only is Palamalu, hands down, the best safety in the league, but he will probably go down as the best of all time.  If you do not see that you are not watching football the way it is supposed to be watched.  I will give you that he is not as vocal as Ray Lewis or Deion Sanders, but that doesn't mean he doesn't lead as well as those two.  Palamalu leads striclty with his play.  If Harrison and Woodley are able to get as many sacks as they do it is because of the amount of field this beast covers every Sunday.  Not only that, but he will blow up any alley at any given time.  You are absolutely wrong on this one!

Obviously you dont watch football! How is saying that Troy Polamalu at age 30 after a serious has slowed down dumb? Thats actually a compliment on his skills. He was a much better player before the injury but he still make the Steeler defense tick. But a slower Polamalu is still better than the average NFL safety! Never said he didnt lead I just said you cant compare the 2. The Steelers defense is most dangerous with pressure rather than the coverage of Polamalu. We saw in the Superbowl how good Troy Polamalu is in man to man coverage when spread out and the pass rush is null and void!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

I hope the steelers don't pay for past performance.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

The guy is a ballhawk and a turnover machine. Pay the man period. end of story.




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

The team has the leverage.  If they don't get a deal done, they can just franchise him for two seasons.  That said, they will get a deal done, because Polamalu is a Steeler for life.



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

"Really hope the deal gets done..."    - Turd, even though I'm not a Steeler fan it looks like Art Rooney is doing the right thing.  He deserves respect.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Whether you can compare Polamalu to Lewis or Sanders can be debated, but saying he has slowed down a bit is just plain dumb.  Sorry to be insulting, but he just won the defensive player of the year award!  Not only is Palamalu, hands down, the best safety in the league, but he will probably go down as the best of all time.  If you do not see that you are not watching football the way it is supposed to be watched.  I will give you that he is not as vocal as Ray Lewis or Deion Sanders, but that doesn't mean he doesn't lead as well as those two.  Palamalu leads striclty with his play.  If Harrison and Woodley are able to get as many sacks as they do it is because of the amount of field this beast covers every Sunday.  Not only that, but he will blow up any alley at any given time.  You are absolutely wrong on this one!


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