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Steelers try late push for Troy Polamalu extension

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Despite a report last week that safety Troy Polamalu would have to wait until after the 2011 season for a contract extension, it looks like the Steelers are making a last-minute push to get a deal done before Week One.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that talks have been ongoing the last few days. Negotiations stalled before, but team president Art Rooney reportedly “had a change of heart” according to Bouchette and decided to give it one last shot.

If a deal isn’t completed before the opener, it looks like the issue will be tabled. The Steelers don’t like to negotiate during the season. The two sides reportedly aren’t that close, but there is mutual interest to close the deal.

Polamalu is 30 and another injury would hurt his value.  He also knows the Steelers could use the franchise tag on him next year.

Then again, the Steelers would love to have the tag available to use on Mike Wallace.  Pittsburgh doesn’t often pay over-30 players huge money, but guys like Polamalu and James Harrison are the exception to the rule.

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52 Responses to “Steelers try late push for Troy Polamalu extension”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 7, 2011 9:06 AM

    Lose those sideburns Mattingly.

  2. t1mmy10 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:16 AM

    You’re forgetting the steelers can use the restricted tender on Wallace next year…

  3. mavajo says: Sep 7, 2011 9:18 AM

    Polamalu is one of the more overrated players in the NFL. Tremendous against the run, but average against the pass. Watch him in the Super Bowl last year — absolute non-factor. In fact, I’d say he was actually exploited.

    He’s a perfect player for that run-heavy AFC North, and it’s inflated his reputation. But against elite passing teams, he’s not much more than “just a guy.”

  4. emmettotter says: Sep 7, 2011 9:19 AM

    Troy certainly deserves it. And there’s no way he doesn’t retire as a Steeler.

  5. japdouds says: Sep 7, 2011 9:20 AM

    Why would the Steelers love to have the franchise tag for Mike Wallace when he’s a RESTRICTED FREE AGENT????? Do some research before you post nonsense.

  6. roddytorock84 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:22 AM

    Updated cap???

  7. ianwhetstone says: Sep 7, 2011 9:24 AM

    Why does nobody seem to be aware that Mike Wallace will be a RESTRICTED free agent next season?

  8. st33lersnation says: Sep 7, 2011 9:25 AM

    Pay HIM!!

  9. jw731 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:26 AM

    All kidding aside…..And NO Stillers fans this comment isn’t for a free lunch…..lol. I saw what happened to the Eagles when they lowballed Dawk, who was like 5 years younger than Troy. I don’t know how or why the sides are as said here “far apart”. This man has done everything asked of him, he never embarrassed the organization, and is a warrior who gives 100% of himself on every play. They should sign him to say a 3 year deal, from a business sense, but give him what he wants from a PR sense. You simply can’t replace a leader…

  10. jw731 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:28 AM

    oops……..5 years older

  11. steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:35 AM

    “CLASS ACT” ENOUGH SAID.

  12. pabillsfan says: Sep 7, 2011 9:40 AM

    I hate the steelers, but they need to get this done, this guy is the face of the franchise. He is one of the best to ever play the game. Everyone knows they wont let him get away, but come on, just give him what he wants as long as it isnt too unreasonable. He disserves it more then most.

  13. myspaceyourface says: Sep 7, 2011 9:42 AM

    Troy also had a injured foot in the Super Bowl. He does plenty in pass coverage and he is a true play maker.

    Even the greatest CB of all time (rod woodson) got burned once and a while taking a chance on a pick.

    (no it’s not prime time, he avoided contact at all costs)

  14. steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:42 AM

    CAN YOU IMAGINE IF TROY HAD SHUT DOWN CORNERS,HE WOULDNT HAVE TO BABYSIT THEM,HE COULD PLAY HIS GAME THE WAY HE PLAYS,HES TOO BUSY BABY SITTING OUR CORNERS.

  15. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 7, 2011 9:52 AM

    Troy is the most important player in a Steeler uniform. If Troy isn’t playing, the Steelers will lose.

    Big Ben is over paid.

  16. latrobe21 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:56 AM

    @ Myspace,

    You’re off base a little in your opinion. Mel Blount was the best corner of all time.

  17. ianwhetstone says: Sep 7, 2011 10:00 AM

    “Polamalu is one of the more overrated players in the NFL. Tremendous against the run, but average against the pass. Watch him in the Super Bowl last year — absolute non-factor. In fact, I’d say he was actually exploited.

    He’s a perfect player for that run-heavy AFC North, and it’s inflated his reputation. But against elite passing teams, he’s not much more than “just a guy.”
    ______________________________________

    Utter nonsense. You can count on one hand how many safeties in the league who can man up and cover as well as Polamalu. You can also count on one hand the number of safeties who ballhawk as well, and who come up and support the run as well. And you can count on zero fingers the number who do as much for coverage and blitz disguise, who prompt as many “holy sh**, did I just see that?” reactions, or who generally do as much in as many areas of defense.

    People who spout nonsense like “watch him in the Super Bowl,” when he played the whole postseason on a bum achilles (and they greatly overstate the issues with his performance, anyway), sound as if they’ve never watched him any other time.

  18. talkintrashallday says: Sep 7, 2011 10:03 AM

    Why in the world would they franchise Mike Wallace??

  19. Steeler's Will says: Sep 7, 2011 10:07 AM

    jw731 says:
    Sep 7, 2011 9:26 AM
    All kidding aside…..And NO Stillers fans this comment isn’t for a free lunch…..lol.

    ———————
    I don’t mind hookin’ ya up, maybe you should make “FreeLunchPlz” a username so I know to respond quickly.

  20. paulieorkid says: Sep 7, 2011 10:15 AM

    @ mavajo:

    You’re the classic moron who is soooo confident that they think they know what they’re talking about … but the don’t.

    Polamalu played against the most explosive passing offense in the NFL on a compromised Achilles. Ever since the Cincy pick-six, Troy’s play took a precipitous drop, but it was due to injury — not some magical degradation of his skillset.

    Clue in dip$hit.

  21. jw731 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:18 AM

    Yuenglings are on me……We could make this a franchise…….lol

  22. mavajo says: Sep 7, 2011 10:25 AM

    “Troy also had a injured foot in the Super Bowl. ”

    Yeah, and the Packers had a dozen guys on IR, lost Woodson in the first half and Matthews was playing with a fractured bone in his leg.

    Injury excuses are for chumps.

  23. daburgher says: Sep 7, 2011 10:28 AM

    @mavajo
    your a fool. is that the only game you’ve seen him play in? didn’t you know he had a hurt achilies or does that not count to you?
    17 picks in last 35 regular season games. yeah pretty terrible against the pass.

  24. daburgher says: Sep 7, 2011 10:32 AM

    Franchise Wallace?
    This site obviously doesnt do any kind of research before they post.
    did you check the power rankings? steelers return 21 of 22 starters and they “probably should be a lot lower than 5th”? sayyyy whaatttttt! AND they have one of the easiest schedule this year?! too many opinions and not enough facts.. poor reporting guys

  25. mswravens says: Sep 7, 2011 10:34 AM

    I love these morons who argue that Polamalu and Reed are over-rated. Yes, it is true, they get toasted once in a while. They take some gambles that don’t pay off. But do this – take a look at how their respective teams fare when they’re not on the field. They’re 2 of the most dynamic impact players in the game. ‘nuf said…

  26. ballinmore says: Sep 7, 2011 10:35 AM

    How do you give a big money contract extension to a guy over 30 who has played 1 full season out of the last 5?

  27. bensstinkyfingers says: Sep 7, 2011 10:37 AM

    They need to get this deal done! I want to have the opportunity twice a year to see him get “trucked”by Peyton Hillis when he tries to tackle him one on one.
    Head and shoulders commercial part 6 :
    - Troy, do think you will be able to Stop Peyton Hillis from running you over on the goalline again this year?
    Troy: Yes
    - Do you think the steelers will ever get that elusive 7 th. ring?
    Troy: Yes
    Troy?
    Troy: Ok No

  28. emmettotter says: Sep 7, 2011 10:37 AM

    mavajo says:
    Sep 7, 2011 10:25 AM
    “Troy also had a injured foot in the Super Bowl. ”

    Yeah, and the Packers had a dozen guys on IR, lost Woodson in the first half and Matthews was playing with a fractured bone in his leg.

    Injury excuses are for chumps.

    * * * *

    That’s because Matthews’ bone was sealed up with Super Putty & Roids.

  29. mistersmith22 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:37 AM

    If this guy weren’t playing in LeBeau’s goofy-blitz system, and had a regular haircut, we’d barely have heard of him.

  30. dayumyou says: Sep 7, 2011 10:37 AM

    mavajo says: Matthews was playing with a fractured bone in his leg
    _______________________

    BS has already been called on that one…try again

  31. axespray says: Sep 7, 2011 10:42 AM

    myspaceyourface says:Sep 7, 2011 9:42 AM
    “Troy also had a injured foot in the Super Bowl.”

    Clay Matthews also had a broken leg for the 2nd half of the season, didn’t stop him from playing great football.

    Troy is a great safety (especially against Flacco), but up against The great QBs (brady/rodgers) the dude disappears.

    Same happens for Darren Sharper and other safeties.

  32. myspaceyourface says: Sep 7, 2011 10:43 AM

    TRUE – Mel Blount had rule changes implemented because of his dominant play.

  33. holeinone09 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:43 AM

    mavajo, have you ever even watched a Steeler game that Troy played in? Have you ever watched a football game period? Please try to be honest even if you hate the team, it makes you look really bad to make comments like you did.

    Troy has made plays that NOBODY ELSE can make or probably ever made. Both against the run AND against the pass.

    I am sure the Steelers will do as much as they can I am sure to try to keep him as a Steeler for life.

    GO STEELERS!!

  34. myspaceyourface says: Sep 7, 2011 10:45 AM

    emmottotter – no excuses, we gave the game away. You aren’t going to have 3 turn overs one of them a pick six and win many games.

    I was making excuses for the loss, only stating the facts of Troy’s injured wheel effecting his coverage ability.

  35. axespray says: Sep 7, 2011 10:47 AM

    emmettotter says:Sep 7, 2011 10:37 AM
    “That’s because Matthews’ bone was sealed up with Super Putty & Roids.”

    Funny, I didn’t see Clay going on a Roid Rage GQ article interview during the off season…

  36. steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:02 AM

    IF WE LOSE WALLACE WE STILL HAVE ANTONIO BROWN AND SAUNDERS.WALLACE IS TOO FAST FOR BEN,HE CANT REACH HIM ANYWAY.

  37. mavajo says: Sep 7, 2011 11:07 AM

    So Troy only sucked in the Super Bowl because he was hurt? Was that achilles bothering him in the other 2 Super Bowls also?

    2010 S.B. — 2 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 interceptions
    2008 S.B. — 2 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 interceptions
    2005 S.B. — 5 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 interceptions

    Awesome. The guy is great against the run and a great blitzer. He’s unremarkable in coverage.

    27 career interceptions. So what? Darren Sharper had 63, and he wasn’t exactly a reliable pass defender.

    My argument isn’t that Polamalu isn’t good. He is. He’s great. We’ve got a Pro Bowler at safety on my favorite team, but I’d still love to have Polamalu. My point is that he’s not as good as his legend would have you believe.

    Great run stopper, great blitzer. Decent in coverage. That scheme and that division (and his hair) made him into this virtual living legend.

  38. mavajo says: Sep 7, 2011 11:09 AM

    By the way, in the Steelers three Super Bowl runs (10 games), Troy has a total of .5 sacks and 2 INTs. In a total of 10 playoff games.

    That proves my point. When he faces elite offenses, he’s easily neutralized.

  39. contract says: Sep 7, 2011 11:21 AM

    “Polamalu is one of the more overrated players in the NFL. Tremendous against the run, but average against the pass. Watch him in the Super Bowl last year — absolute non-factor. In fact, I’d say he was actually exploited.”

    I’d say that he was gutting it out and playing injured. If you think Polamalu is overrated, then you don’t know a thing about football.

  40. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Sep 7, 2011 11:24 AM

    Steelers corners are garbage and Polamalu is awful in pass coverage. Without your pass rushers to bail you out you get exploited ALL THE TIME in the passing game. Meet a good O-line and your cooked. (See last years SB)

  41. steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:30 AM

    mavajo says:
    Sep 7, 2011 11:07 AM
    So Troy only sucked in the Super Bowl because he was hurt? Was that achilles bothering him in the other 2 Super Bowls also?

    2010 S.B. — 2 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 interceptions
    2008 S.B. — 2 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 interceptions
    2005 S.B. — 5 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 interceptions

    Awesome. The guy is great against the run and a great blitzer. He’s unremarkable in coverage.

    27 career interceptions. So what? Darren Sharper had 63, and he wasn’t exactly a reliable pass defender.

    My argument isn’t that Polamalu isn’t good. He is. He’s great. We’ve got a Pro Bowler at safety on my favorite team, but I’d still love to have Polamalu. My point is that he’s not as good as his legend would have you believe.

    Great run stopper, great blitzer. Decent in coverage. That scheme and that division (and his hair) made him into this virtual living legend.

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  42. ruenomore says: Sep 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    Get’s a lot of hype, but he’s getting older and more injury prone.

  43. qj1984 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:47 AM

    The Steelers don’t pay big money to guys over 30? Harrison and Polamalu are the exceptions?

    The Steelers are making a lot more exceptions than those two. Hampton and Ward have both gotten big money from the Steelers after turning 30. And I am guessing Ike Taylor is not playing for pennies. The old Steeler way is gone. They don’t pay big money to older players any less than other teams.

  44. johnsticle says: Sep 7, 2011 12:07 PM

    He’s not going anywhere.
    But if he is… we’ll take him in Minnesota. :)

  45. rgwhodey says: Sep 7, 2011 12:15 PM

    Didn’t Polamalu and the rest of the Steelers’ defense get a contract extension in Social Security?

    Jus Sayin’

  46. nickster31 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:52 PM

    qj1984 says:
    Sep 7, 2011 11:47 AM
    The Steelers don’t pay big money to guys over 30? Harrison and Polamalu are the exceptions?

    The Steelers are making a lot more exceptions than those two. Hampton and Ward have both gotten big money from the Steelers after turning 30. And I am guessing Ike Taylor is not playing for pennies. The old Steeler way is gone. They don’t pay big money to older players any less than other teams.

    *****************************************

    Every one of those “OLD” guys, the Steelers already have their replacement on the roster.

    Farrior – Sylvester
    Harrison – Worilds
    Hampton – McLendon
    Smith – Hood
    Keisel – Heyward
    Taylor – Brown / Allen / Lewis
    Polamalu – There is no replacement for a legend.

  47. emmettotter says: Sep 7, 2011 2:04 PM

    axespray says:
    Funny, I didn’t see Clay going on a Roid Rage GQ article interview during the off season…

    * * * *

    I think Harrison and Matthews have the same mom.

  48. Deb says: Sep 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    @latrobe21 …

    I wouldn’t split hairs over the difference between Mel and Rod … but I love Rod :)

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:56 PM

    Why? He’s lost a step and he’s an overrated freelancer. Why pay him big money? Get younger.

  50. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 7, 2011 5:13 PM

    Unfortunately, two of Polamalu’s plays against my Titans will be on his HOF reel–the interception of which we do not speak and last year’s goal line play when he leaped over our offensive line as the ball was snapped and landed on Kerry Collins before he could pull away from center.

  51. blackgolddomination says: Sep 7, 2011 7:16 PM

    @Mavajo,

    Nice try twinkle toes. You can try to dance out of your statements. You are dead wrong and you know it. You don’t even have the balls to admit who your team is.

    Troy is a legend and it has everything do with how he plays football. In addition the appeal has more to do with his humility and great individual character than his hair. Those that understand and respect the man, have done so prior to any Head & Shoulders commercials. You need to stop pausing during the commercials and start pausing when Polamalu blows your mind making a play you didn’t think was possible by a human being.

  52. antibenapalooza says: Sep 8, 2011 4:36 PM

    Somebody said Ben was overpaid. I have a solution to suggest: a career ending injury. It can be on the field or the result of something stupid he does off of the field, I don’t care which.

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