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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: May 28, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:53 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

I watched more Steelers games than I care to admit.  Honestly this guy is the League MVP.  As crazy as it sounds, but he changes that entire defense.  I haven't seen that type of impact since Deion Sanders on defense, as much as I love Ray Lewis I don't think he does as much.  Maybe you can argue for prime Warren Sapp and a few GB defensive players back in their early SB runs with Favre, but that's high praise in the modern watered down defensively NFL.

You cant compare Ray Lewis and Polamalu. Ray Lewis is the heart and soul of the Ravens defense. At 36 years old he is still way better that the average linebacker in the NFL. His presence makes the other players on D play at a higher level. At 30 years old Polamalu is starting to slow a bit due to injuries the past 2 seasons.   You also cant compare Polamalu to Deion Sanders. Deion didnt have the benefits of a strong blitz package in Atlanta and he was still feared. He turned 2 teams in to instant Superbowl champs once he got one. He completely locked down an entire side of the field. Polamalu is definately a skilled athlete and he benefits greatly from Dick Lebeaus famed defensive schemes. He gets to gamble alot because of the pressure put on by a talented core of linebackers.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:41 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

I watched more Steelers games than I care to admit.  Honestly this guy is the League MVP.  As crazy as it sounds, but he changes that entire defense.  I haven't seen that type of impact since Deion Sanders on defense, as much as I love Ray Lewis I don't think he does as much.  Maybe you can argue for prime Warren Sapp and a few GB defensive players back in their early SB runs with Favre, but that's high praise in the modern watered down defensively NFL.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:40 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Polamalu is not going anywhere.  He will retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler and wear the black and gold colors at his HOF induction.  He has many years of game changing plays left in him.  The Rooney's have one of the best, if not THE best organization in all of professional sports and will do what is needed to continue that trend.  Polamalu is the leader of our tenacious defense and embodies everything in the Rooney philosophy.  Rest assured Steeler Nation, a deal will get done to insure he retires a Steeler.  It might be in a couple days, weeks or months, but it will happen.  Here We Go Steelers - Here We Go!

Yes Troy Polamalu is the best Strong Safety in the NFL! Without him the Steelers defense is not the same. He is a Strong Safety/Hybrid Linebacker. I will give you that! The Steelers need him! I wouldnt say that the Steelers are the BEST organization in ALL of of professional sports though! Thats a stretch!



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:38 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Hey Troy! if they don't want you, call Mike McCarthy, I'm sure Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, A.J. Hawk and Clay Mattews would love having you join the Pack.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:19 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Polamalu is not going anywhere.  He will retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler and wear the black and gold colors at his HOF induction.  He has many years of game changing plays left in him.  The Rooney's have one of the best, if not THE best organization in all of professional sports and will do what is needed to continue that trend.  Polamalu is the leader of our tenacious defense and embodies everything in the Rooney philosophy.  Rest assured Steeler Nation, a deal will get done to insure he retires a Steeler.  It might be in a couple days, weeks or months, but it will happen.  Here We Go Steelers - Here We Go!



Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:54 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Polamalu may be the best safety in the Pittsburgh defensive scheme, but how would other teams use him. In the Steelers "D" he does more roaming and playing by instinct with basically unbridled freedom. I doubt that other teams would be so inclined to let him do the things he does and thus would make him less effective.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:50 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Love the guy, love his all-out style, as well as his very grounded approach to the game, vis a vis life in general.  Really hope the deal gets done...I say that knowing full well that the franchise has a history of letting guys walk when their age and price tag exceed their output.  See Lloyd, Greg; Greene, Kevin,; Nickerson, Hardy, ; Harris, Franco; Edwards, Glen; and on and on.  It merits mention once again that Polamalu is a special player for both his skill AND his attitude...that may be what keeps him in the black n gold.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:43 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

For the Steelers, this deal must be done... yes, has injury concerns, however when this guy is on the field he makes this defense as good as there is.  He may miss some time, but he personifies the difference maker.  You cannot risk letting him going onto the market!  One way or the other, he is the best and should be the highest paid safety in the league....most any team would pay him that way.




Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:05 am
 

Steelers pushing for late deal with Troy Polamalu

Steelers have to re-up Troy Polamalu... he's not only the best Safety in the NFL bar none, he might be the most fearless as well. Helluva player! 


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