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Tomlin’s call to Ireland helped get Polamalu deal done

Ed Dickson, Troy Polamalu AP

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.

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17 Responses to “Tomlin’s call to Ireland helped get Polamalu deal done”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 18, 2011 8:28 AM

    Tomlin promised to unleash hell on Art Rooney if they didn’t sign Polamalu.

  2. flakazoid says: Sep 18, 2011 8:33 AM

    This is really the most negative site I’ve ever seen. Just a bunch of miserable people peeing on any shred of news from any team but theirs.

    I know you’re despondent because that idiot George Bush started that stupid, pointless war and bankrupted this country…but can’t you write something positive just once?

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 18, 2011 8:40 AM

    Listen i’m not going to hate on the steelers, look at their players on defense though.. Mostly a little over 30 and i’m worried about Harrison getting back to his usual form. He is one of those older players and whos to say he didn’t decline a little bit this year anyways. I don’t think this defense is that bad but i’m just sayin this could be the first year we see the steelers defense fall out of the top 5 and maybe even the top 10. Hopefully head an shoulders or w/e shampoo it is can stay healthy all year. Cause the rest of that secondary is scary.

  4. steeltownpride says: Sep 18, 2011 8:49 AM

    Dan Rooney is a god !!!!!! Also shows that Tomlin has some pull

  5. ccoolahan14 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:59 AM

    So as a Ravens fan, Mike Tomlin is the one I should be thanking? He’s the most overrated player in NFL history. The fact that we have to listen to whether he or Ed Reed is the best safety in the league tells you how much the media is obsessed with the Steelers because of the money they make for the league (polamalu had the top selling jersey in the league).

  6. clayjustsackedyou says: Sep 18, 2011 9:11 AM

    Polamalu, like the rest of the Steelers defense, didn’t have his best game last week against Baltimore.

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

    Just leaving off where he was in the Superbowl. 2010 DPOY? Yeah try again!

  7. kenny1976 says: Sep 18, 2011 9:24 AM

    Looked like the pay raise may have slowed Polamalu down last week.Should have kept his heavy wallet on the sidelines.He looked SLOW!

  8. pappysarcasm says: Sep 18, 2011 9:29 AM

    Art Rooney II cant be happy that Tomlin undermined him by calling the old man directly. Last weeks performance may have not been a fluke! What if Troy has lost a step or two, and now they have ponied up all this money for an over the hill player. This may not end well. I look for Steelers to 8-8 at best this year, and Troy probably wont make it through 16.

  9. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Sep 18, 2011 9:38 AM

    OMG…the team owner and Head Coach discussed player contracts….via TELEPHONE!?!? and LONG DISTANCE!!??? This truly is “breaking news”. What’s next…..”Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick sykpe over the Holidays”?????

  10. eaglessuperfan says: Sep 18, 2011 9:51 AM

    Nothing like calling your dad on you to get it done. Tomlin better hope Dan lives a long life. I am sure he has not made a friend in Art.

  11. MichaelEdits says: Sep 18, 2011 9:51 AM

    Seattle is so doomed

  12. charmcityalum says: Sep 18, 2011 10:14 AM

    Thank goodness they got the deal done. They needed him comfortable with his contract situation in time to play the Ravens so he could just concentrate on flying around and making plays. Oh wait….did he even suit up last week?

  13. 3octaveFart says: Sep 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    So what are you saying?
    That Tomlin couldn’t get a deal done, so he went over Art II’s head and called Daddy?

  14. Single Filament says: Sep 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    Read the headline thinking “Jeff” Ireland. I thought “no way he helped – he can’t even figure his own team out!”

    Ohhhhhh, Ireland the country.

  15. androk23 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:57 AM

    As a Bills fan, my heart skipped a beat when I read the title of this, and thought for a brief second that Polamalu was traded to the Fish and I somehow missed it.

  16. trickbunny says: Sep 18, 2011 11:30 AM

    So Mike Tomlin made a call to the owner to try to get a contract done.

    Wow, that’s some *really interesting* news!

    How much lint is usually built up on the filter in Mike Tomlin’s dryer? There are people here who are clearly hanging on the answer to that question!

  17. troypolamalushair says: Sep 27, 2011 12:33 AM

    You’re burying the lead here. I called Tomlin and told him to call Dan.

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