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Steelers reward Polamalu with new deal

Posted on: September 10, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 6:51 pm
 
PolamaluPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite the fact CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco continues to pick Steelers safety Troy Polamalu as the league’s most overrated player, allow Pittsburgh to disagree.

And once again, the Steelers have proved it financially, as the team announced that the two sides have agreed to a new deal (here is photographic proof!). CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reports that’s it’s a four-year deal and will make Polamalu one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league.

The deal isn’t a surprise. As Will Brinson told you a few days ago, the Steelers had reengaged with Polamalu in an 11th-hour attempt to sign Polamalu before the season began. And, of course, former Steelers coach/current CBS Sports analyst/future soothsayer Bill Cowher told CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson that Polamalu would retire in a Steelers uniform.

The news obviously makes Polamalu pleased; he's tweeted, "I am happy to say that I will retire a Pittsburgh Steelers!"
 
Apparently, Art Rooney had a change of heart last week and decided the Steelers needed to complete this deal as soon as possible. Now they have (Polamalu signed the new deal while at the airport waiting for the team's flight to Baltimore and its matchup against the Ravens).

And no matter what Prisco thinks -- and I don’t think he’s necessarily wrong, though Freeman disagrees with that -- the Steelers had to make this move because of the impact Polamalu has on the team and on the fan base (and let’s face it, on Head & Shoulders commercials).

UPDATED 6:50 p.m. ET: According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, it’s a four-year, $36.5 million with a $10.55 million signing bonus.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:52 pm
 

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Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Steelers reward Polamalu with new deal

I hate Pittsburgh butt  ihave to say this seems like a reasonable deal to me for a pro bowl caliber player. Actually it seems like a ........wait for it......Steal!


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