The contract extension for Troy Polamalu last week came as a surprise.
It appeared the Steelers were done handing out big deals before the season, and the team seemed comfortable letting Polamalu play out the final year of his deal. President Art Rooney had a “change of heart” with the matter, perhaps because he got a call from overseas.
John Czarnecki of FoxSports.com writes that coach Mike Tomlin got involved in the talks by calling owner Dan Rooney, now the ambassador in Ireland. That plea helped get the entire organization on board with pushing for a deal done before the season.
Polamalu, like the rest of the Steelers defense, didn’t have his best game last week against Baltimore. Something tells us they will take out their frustration on the Seahawks this Sunday.