Report: Steelers Will Not Be Releasing S Troy Polamalu

In less than one week from today, the Pittsburgh Steelers will need to be under the $133 million cap number for 2014 and thus a few extensions, restructures and terminations will take place during the next several days. According to a Tuesday report on Twitter by Adam Schefter of ESPN, safety Troy Polamalu will not be one of those terminations.

Schefter goes on to say that the Rooney family is too loyal to Polamalu and that the former first-round draft has been too valuable to the team.

None of this is really earth shattering news as team president Art Rooney II said in a January conference call with season ticket holders that he wanted Polamalu to retire a Steeler and that the team would look at different ways during the offseason to deal with the structure of his current deal.

“We would very much love to have Troy retire as a Steeler and expect that he will,” said Rooney during that call. “As you probably know, he has a contract for next season, so how we structure or restructure is something we’ll look at in the next few months. As we try to piece together next year and our salary cap, there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but I certainly expect Troy will be one of the pieces of that puzzle.

“The great thing about this past season as far as Troy was concerned was that he played all 16 games. That’s very helpful for us when we have a player like Troy who’s able to stay healthy and play start to finish. He’s obviously been one of the great Steelers of all time.”

At that time, it was easy to see that something was going to be done contractually with Polamalu, who is currently scheduled to earn a base salary in 2014 of $8.25 million and count $10,887,500 against the salary cap. For a few weeks now, the two sides have been rumored to be working on an extension that will result in a lower cap number in 2014 and ensure that he finishes his career in Pittsburgh.

An extension for Polamalu will likely consist of a good chunk of his 2014 base salary, along with potentially more new money, to be turned into a signing bonus and prorated out over the length of the contract.

  • mlc43

    I never expected they would let go of Troy. Hopefully they can work out a deal that makes both sides happy and none of us have to relive the Rod Woodson situation! 🙂

  • Madi

    Keep him until the end of time.

  • Biggie

    Definitely need Troy back, and with Shamarko back along with Will Allen resigned we just need to upgrade at FS and release Clark who took a major step back last year. The we can address CB.

  • dgh57

    Okay fine Adam Schefter now tell us something we didn’t know!

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Can we asume there is a restructure for Ike Taylor as well? I think the Rooneys would be equally loyal to him.

  • steeltown

    Based on age and last yrs performance.. I hope not

  • treeher

    I’d be more inclined to think a pay cut, not a restructure.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The organization has to be careful about loyalty. I believe in it but if an older player thinks they are worth way more then their output we have to remember loyalty to the fan base to put the best team on the field as well. I only see Troy on this team for about 2 more years at 5-6M a year which I feel is generous. If Troy cannot meet us in the middle he gives us no choice. The FO needs to remember this is a business, loyalty has gotten us in the over paying for vets now.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I feel that a lot of Clarks problems stemmed from trying to over compensate for other players which opened holes where there shouldnt have been. Cannot prove it but is a thought.

  • Jollyrob68

    Clarks issue was he was slower and couldn’t cover his responsibility. I agree he probably tried to over compensate and do too much and that exposed his lack of speed & age. Same thing happened when Troy tried to do too much. Troy tried stripping the ball instead of making the tackle against Miami.

  • Jollyrob68

    Ike at 2.5 -3 mil is still a good CB. THey just can’t pay him 7 mil

  • srdan

    That is the great thing about our ownership. There is no backhand. People know where they stand. Ike knows he is not as good as Polumalu, and AR wouldn’t lie to him about that. Therefore Ike would know that he wouldn’t get the same treatment. But Ike is treated with respect by the office, coaches and fans, and wants to be a part of this organization, therefore he will do the necessary thing.

    Keep an eye on Dallas’ dealing with Ware this offseason to see the polar opposite of my paragraph above….lol

  • steeltown

    Don’t get me wrong, I want him on roster in ’14, but I don’t want him restructured and/or extended past this upcoming season

  • srdan

    Good point.

  • srdan

    I agree, since this is not his last year of his contract, if it were a restructure could be done.

  • srdan

    You have to keep in mind that the philosophy with the Steelers is to spend up to the cap, every penny. They don’t want to save anything, they want to use every penny to put the best team on the field to compete every single year. As fans, we should appreciate this, some fanbases don’t get the same luxury.

    Keeping that philosophy in mind, you have to look at it in such a way, who can the steelers get to put in that spot that is better than spending 7 mill a year on polumalu? If Byrd or Weddle were available, than your argument would make sense, but they are not. So you may say then, why don’t we allocate that money to a different position and bring in a big name FA somewhere else to help the product on the field. I think losing two starting safeties in one season would trump any signing off the street, unless you got jimmy Graham.

    The only other solution would be to wait and see if Haha falls to you, but then you would cut a veteran safety who has been a cornerstone for your team for years after the draft, and that is bad business. And is not the way the Steelers office works.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Steeler for life….One of the all time greats. Glad we have him for a few more.

  • awlcohen

    Nostalgia once again takes preference over winning football games. Steelers don’t think twice about cheaping out on a Keenan Lewis, but it’s never even a consideration to dump a $10 million dollar a year much loved veteran.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man i read the title wrong at first i thought it said we were, boy my heart dropped

  • Tom Jackson

    Good cheer for another team fans like you are the worst it doesn’t matter what the Steelers would do you would complain.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If the Steelers feel he is the best guy for the dollar then so be it and i agree they have been putting what they feel is the best team on the field every year. the problem has been the inability of the FO/Coaching staff to pick the right guys or get them into starting material where the older guys can be let go. Over paying for guys that should be playing couch potato isnt going to work for successful years.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    that is a more accurate assessment

  • awlcohen

    Care to refute the facts of my post? Didn’t think so.