Steelers Have Placed S Troy Polamalu On The Reserve/Retired List

According to Thursday’s official transaction release, the Pittsburgh Steelers have placed safety Troy Polamalu on the reserve/retired list.

Placing Polamalu on the retired list is formality being as the safety is still under contract through the 2016 season. The move allows the Steelers to retain Polamalu’s rights should he decide that he wants to play in again without having to tie up a spot on their offseason 90-man roster.

By placing Polamalu on the reserve/retired list, that move should signify that the Steelers are willing to absorb the full $4.5 million in left over signing bonus proration against their 2015 salary cap number.

If indeed this is how they are handling Polamalu, that will result in cap savings of $3.75 as the safety was scheduled to count $8.25 million against the 2015 salary cap.

Also, if indeed this is going in the books as a pre-June 1 move, that would result in no dead money carrying over to 2016.

  • johnhoien

    You can buy a few ski lift tickets with that type of money.. Enjoy it Troy !

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    This is a very interesting move. Because I believe the Steelers still have to extend Cameron Heyward this pre-season? I expect they will want (or need) more free money next year to retain DeCastro and Beachum?

  • Steve Johnson

    I like the move, stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. In 2016, Lamarr Woodley’s Salary comes off the books as well. They should have plenty of cap space to resign Heyward, DeCastro, Bell and Beachum.

  • puCrepeaP

    I miss him already

  • tristan

    Agreed. I know he was done, but it’s going to be weird not seeing him out there

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, I agree that is very important but they might need a few dollars leftover. they may still want to give Carrington a try after June 1, if he’s still available. then there are always some surprise cuts in September. they seem to add someone each year at that time.

  • steeltown

    So no dead money for Woodley or Polamalu in 2016, very nice.

  • steeltown

    Hopefully is any extra cap $$$ is needed they’ll release Cam Thomas

  • steelburg

    Right decision to do it all this year with nothing left on the books next year.

  • NW86

    After having to carry dead money from the “June 1” releases of Starks, Colon, and Woodley the past few years, it will be nice to finally go into the 2016 season with no significant dead money from players that haven’t been on the roster for over a year. It’s another good step in crawling out of the salary cap hole they dug from 2011-2013.

  • NW86

    They are fine for this year without using the June 1 designation. They have about $10M in space after Troy’s release, and less than $3M of that is needed for the draft class. A couple more for the full 53-man roster, practice squad, and IR in September. That still leaves them with a few million in breathing room. Heyward is already on the books for $7M, so his extension could be structured however they want – it could reduce his cap hit this year if they want the space.

  • SteelersDepot

    If they sign Carrington after June 1 (very unlikely now), it will barely move the cap needle.They will be just fine taking the route with Troy that they are apparently taking.

  • NinjaMountie

    I never understood why people robbed Peter to pay Paul. They should have robbed Judas. He was a jerk and he was the one that had all the silver!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Dave. With all this extra info coming out and the great job you guys are doing, it really seems to be getting more and more confusing. Could I ask a favor? Yesterday I tried to imput a link to a Feb 23 post of your’s. But it did not get on. It was entitled:
    “Numbers Crunch: Clemson’s Vic Beasley Won the Combine Sunday”
    In it you shared some fantastic info concerning “Explosive” numbers for pass rushers. I really think you should repost it and if you have any new info about guys that did not qualify the first time around because they did not participate in certain tests. There are quite a few guys that scored over 70. Fascinating.
    Thanks in advance, Dave.

  • Gizmosteel


  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Good cap math would have dictated them spreading the hit to next year. Assuming the cap goes up next year, a dollar available in 2015 is worth more as a percentage of the cap than a dollar in 2016. Since unused cap space carries over, there is no risk of losing it if you decide to carry over it over to cancel out the dead money moving to next year.

    You never know who is going to be cut after the draft or post June 1, but there is always a chance a serviceable corner could be available and I’d like to see them have the money to chase one, if that happens.

  • Rick Eger

    Treat Troy right!

  • Rick Eger

    They have it no way are they going to lose Beachum or DeCastro.

  • Rick Eger

    Hear that!

  • Rick Eger

    12 years went by to fast!

  • Rick Eger

    The Steelers wait more that any onher NFL team. Besides they wanna build through the draft.