Report: Steelers S Troy Polamalu Still Unsure Of Future Plans

According to a Wednesday afternoon report by Scott Brown of ESPN.com, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is still undecided about his future with less than a week to go before the start of the new league year.

According to a source, Brown reports that Polamalu is still considering playing in 2015 to show the Steelers that he still can play in the league. He did add, however, that playing for another team would only be an option if it is the right fit.

Polamalu is still under contract with the Steelers through the 2016 season, but Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently said in a radio interview that the organization is hoping the veteran safety will retire so they won’t have to release him. On Wednesday, Brown confirmed that report.

If Polamalu is indeed released after the start of the new league year, the Steelers can choose to designate him a post June 1 cut and in doing so, they would eventually clear $6 million in salary cap space later this summer. They could also choose to designate him as an immediate release and in taking that route, they would clear $3.75 million in cap space for 2015 immediately with no dead money carrying over to 2016.

If Polamalu is looking for a good fit next season if released by the Steelers, the Tennessee Titans would likely be the team with best chance of signing him as former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is now in charge of their defense. The Titans recently released veteran safety Bernard Pollard in addition, so it looks like a starting spot is currently open for him.

Polamalu’s future will more than likely be decided over the course of the next week and it’s looking more and more like his time in Pittsburgh will be coming to end soon. Stay tuned.

  • BradleyT

    I hope he just retires instead of playing for another team. Go out with a complete Steelers legacy!

  • Reno

    It’s a little surprising he has taken it this far and is still undecided. I thought he would have done the right thing by now but I also thought Ward was going to do the right thing as well. I expected this from Taylor but not Troy.

    It’s looking more and more like he is going to force the Steelers hand and that’s a shame. If he decides to play for another team it’s always going to stay with him like it did with Franco Harris. Love you Troy but do the right thing and listen to your wife.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    What is wrong with their front office that they keep doing this ‘hope they retire’ crap? It’s a business. Are they even talking to him? If they’ve made their decision, communicate it to him and let him decide if he wants to retire or go forward somewhere else. From Ward to Arians to Harrison to Lebeau and now Polamalu the Steelers supposed sensitivity creates more awkwardness and problems than there should be.

  • george

    By the “right thing” I take it you mean he should retire. If he feels hr can still play and there is a team that wants him the the “right thing” would be to play.

  • Gerald Brown

    Huh? How are the steelers causing awkwardness? Please explain the best way to do this without having some kind of media attention. This is just life in the NFL. The reason they “hope he retires” is obviously because they don’t want to cut him. So I’m a little confused with your beef with the Steelers front office.

  • steelersfan

    Man, Lebeau leaving the same time as all our veteran greats has created the really unfortunate perfect storm. Bad situation if he leaves for Tennessee- I don’t care as much about the others but if Troy leaves its gonna hurt.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    If they don’t want him to play, they should tell him and let him go. It gives him a distinct advantage to be let go now before free agency if he wants to play. I think its just weird.

  • SteelersDepot

    what if they have told him and are waiting so that they can designate him a post June 1 cut? Ever consider that?

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Does it sound like that is what he’s been told?

  • puCrepeaP

    I don’t know why a good fit would be with Lebeau in Tenn. If he has struggled as of late in his defense on the Steelers, why would that change if he’s wearing different colors? My guess is that the “right fit” is on a team that has a chance at a title. He’s not in it just to play anymore, he wants to win.

  • steelmann58

    This will end bad if Troy does not retire .

  • Paddy

    Why would the Titans want him now? Whisenhunt would have to be crazy, but he hired LeBeau so he must be desperate.

  • Steve

    I wouldnt call wiz desperate…smart? Sure. He brought a legend in. It was time for LeBeau and Pitt to part ways, doesnt mean it was time for him to retire.

  • Reno

    The “right thing” to do is retire. I would hate to see him pull an Ed Reed who embarrassed himself and got cut twice before retiring.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    It sounds like it to me.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I think what irritates me about all this are the leaks from the organization. Polamalu deserves better.

  • Matt Manzo

    I was hoping he’d take a pay cut and a back up role. At least open competition for the SS spot!
    If he really wants to keep playing and wants a shot at another title, we’d be his best chance.
    But it sounds like the team is done with him! It’s crazy how you never get use to this, even though we go through it every year!

  • steeltown

    Business or no business…this is starting to bug me. It will be pretty upsetting seeing him in another uniform.

  • steeltown

    We’re talking about ‘reports’, with ‘unnamed sources’ and such, nobody on the outside really knows what’s happening inside. Decisions may have already been made and communicated.

  • It’ll be sad to see him go, and worse if he goes to play elsewhere than if he retires. He’s been my favourite player of the past decade for the Steelers.

    At the same time, it’s the NFL, and this is how it works. And Troy knows that. I can certainly understand why the Steelers would rather see him retire, but I’m sure the mutual respect on both sides is making this a far more amiable process than these media reports might suggest. And while I want what’s good for the Steelers, I also want what’s good for Troy. If he thinks he can still be an effective player, and if he can bring that to a different team, well, so be it. When all is said and done, he’s a Steeler and always will be, including in Canton.

  • HiVul

    It’s impossible to say what the “right thing” is to do. I think to say Ed Reed “embarrassed” himself is a stretch. I don’t care for Ed Reed but his legacy isn’t diminished because he got cut or played for a different team, etc. Same goes for Joe Montana and Michael Jordan. How many people even remember that Joe Montana played for the Chiefs?

  • Reno

    I disagree Ed Reed most certainly did embarrass himself and it was painful to watch him. There is a reason why he was cut twice before finally retiring. Ed Reed was a shell of his former self and Troy is now as well which makes it the right thing to do. His level of play last year was proof enough. His legacy may not be diminished but in the here and now it will be painful to watch.

    It was already painful to watch last year.

  • HiVul

    I want him to retire as well, I just don’t think it makes sense to construe it as there being one clearly right option and one clearly wrong. Even if he doesn’t play very well, it’s not like it’s immoral for him to play or something, it just won’t be a graceful exit.

    He probably has a lot of motivation not to give up if he still feels like he can perform. I don’t blame him for playing until he doesn’t get a contract offer if that’s what he chooses to do. This is a decision that he has to live with, it’s really easy to judge that from afar, but none of us can really say what the right call is here.

  • Reno

    Two passes defended, no sacks, no interceptions, no forced fumbles, often out of position, poor angles, and severl missed tackles. That sums up Troy’s play last year. Love the guy but I’m not going to sugarcoat his performance.

    Db’s who rely on speed don’t get better in the mid 30’s. Troy was step slow last year and could lose another step this year. I know he is not going to gain a step.

    There are players like Taylor who can’t face the reality of his diminishing skills and there are players like Aron Smith who retire gracefully. I really thought Troy would be in the graceful camp. He still may end up in the graceful camp. If he chooses to play for another team it would be a major disappointment. His wife has said publicly that she wants him to retire so I guess your comments can be directed at her as well.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t there will be no takers like there was with Ward. There is always the possibility that LeBeau can talk the Titans into it. So let me rephrase. If Troy wants to retire gracefully it would be the right thing to do.