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Steelers extend Polamalu, Miller through 2016

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Reports that the Steelers weren’t going to cut safety Troy Polamalu have been proven correct.

What those reports did not predict was that Polamalu would get a contract extension, but that’s what the Steelers announced on Wednesday. Both Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller have been locked up through the 2016 season.

Polamalu had an $8.25 million salary for 2014, the final year of his deal, and new numbers weren’t part of the team’s announcement. It’s a safe bet that his cap hit will come down this season, though, as the Steelers need the space and now have two more years to spread out the full toll of his deal on the cap.

Miller’s restructuring had been previously reported, but not the extra years. Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that Miller’s cap number for 2014 has been slashed from $9.5 million to just over $6.1 million. His base salaries for 2015 and 2016 are reportedly $4 million.

The moves don’t solve all the cap woes in Pittsburgh and push some issues into the future, but they were needed as the Steelers make their way below the cap before next week.

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83 Responses to “Steelers extend Polamalu, Miller through 2016”
  1. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Mar 5, 2014 1:39 PM

    This guy isn’t even a top 20 Safety in the league any more.

  2. meatcarroll says: Mar 5, 2014 1:39 PM

    Polamalu = The original Earl Thomas.

  3. Big Ant TV says: Mar 5, 2014 1:40 PM

    wow 2 more years of the hairball

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 1:41 PM

    The pittsburgh steelers and troy polamalu haven’t been a factor since steelers team doctor dr. rydze was indicted for illegal distribution of steroids and growth hormone.

  5. thepftpoet says: Mar 5, 2014 1:41 PM

    The best Safety in the NFL is Harrison Smith.

    It’s not even close.

  6. flaccodelic says: Mar 5, 2014 1:43 PM

    The youth movement continues in Pittsburgh.

  7. sdiegosteel says: Mar 5, 2014 1:43 PM

    Miller’s contract hardly pushes cap issues into the future. Even less than one year after his knee injury, his play was worthy of $4 million a year. That’s excellent value. We’ll see about where the numbers fall for Polamalu.

  8. mhs8031 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:44 PM

    He and Ben are the faces of the franchise. However, I am not sure that he will ever be more than average at this point.
    Troy is a great person and was a great player. I would not bet against him, but father time waits for no man.

  9. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 5, 2014 1:47 PM

    With their history this really surprises me, but sentimentality is going to keep this team from being any better than middle of the road for quite awhile

  10. rr2000k says: Mar 5, 2014 1:48 PM

    He’ll need a Hoveround by then.

  11. hakunamangata says: Mar 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    “Why get younger?”

    -Kevin Colbert.

  12. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    World’s best franchise right here.

  13. chc4 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    Why exactly? Polamalu is a shell of his former self.

  14. Chase says: Mar 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    Some of you fake fans of the NFL don’t get it. For the people who know, the Steelers like continuity…always have. Yes, his skills have diminished a little, but he knows the defense well, so he can be trusted to perform good enough to make this a top 5 defense again. Plus, he doesn’t play like a traditional saftey. Watch some games before making crazy comments.

  15. raylewisandhisteeth says: Mar 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    Love this move.

  16. reesesteel23 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    Polamalu is his own monster….don’t try to put a seahawk spin on it

  17. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 5, 2014 1:51 PM

    Talk of Steeler salary cap issues are greatly overstated by the national media. They gain $6.1 million as soon as they release Levi Brown and both Ike Taylor and Woodley will be asked to take significant pay cuts or be released. Those moves alone will get the Steelers well below the salary cap.

    They’ll also likely extend Roethlisberger and redo Antonio Brown and Lawrence Timmons deals. Colbert is one of the best front office guys in the NFL, don’t think for a minute that they don’t know the cap will increase $10 mil each of the next 2-3 years.

  18. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 5, 2014 1:51 PM

    ….why? Are you TRYING to remain irrelevant, Pittsburgh?

    Nobody has it better than our #DYNASTY unfolding before your eyes.

  19. jiggy3198 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:51 PM

    The old keep getting older…,,

  20. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 1:54 PM

    This is why we win Super Bowls and you don’t.

  21. deathonwings410 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:55 PM

    The Steelers are delaying their Cap Armageddon.

  22. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 1:55 PM

    On top of having more Lombardis than anyone in the world, we also have the world’s greatest city. We understand why you would be jealous.

    #allroadsleadtopittsburgh

  23. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 5, 2014 1:57 PM

    Polamalu was the Steeler’s best Defensive Player in 2013. Why would they not resign their best defender.

  24. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 5, 2014 1:58 PM

    Polamalu rehabbed his calf injury and turned in a Pro Bowl season…for those that didn’t actually watch the games. Due to injuries at ILB he was forced to play inside the box more than ever to help compensate for the hole left by Foote’s injury but he still made plays. He can still play at a very high level…anyone that says otherwise needs to turn off Madden and watch the games!

  25. tooz72 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:58 PM

    he’s a dinosaur

  26. ninetysixer says: Mar 5, 2014 1:59 PM

    as a Ravens fan, this is awesome news!

  27. ariani1985 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    Lol, what Ronnie Lott wasn’t available?

  28. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    Life is so good for Steelers fans. It’s not even fair.

    You’re jealous?

  29. crazysamoan says: Mar 5, 2014 2:01 PM

    UFA too all the Polamalu haters.

  30. neemdaddy13 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    Miller, Yes. Polamalu, no, Washed up and killing the Steelers cap, which is fine by me.

  31. jerruhjones says: Mar 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    Love this move.

    Signed,
    Rest of AFC North

  32. wadrules1 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    They are not delaying cap armageddon….Both extensions do not guarantee anything beyond 2014 so they are not pushing anything into the future really, just lowering their cap now because those 2 were to stand to be big cap hits this year. Smart move with no ramifications. They deteriorate, they get cut. Pretty simple. Know the facts before you start spewing cap ramifications and getting younger…..

  33. deflateddome says: Mar 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    Maybe they will pair him with Charles Woodson who is a free agent..You would be able to time to 40 with a sundial…

  34. theclink12 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:07 PM

    There are reason they haven’t made the playoffs in 2 years.

    They are old.

    They have serious cap issues and refuse to address them other than slap a bandaid on it.

    They haven’t drafted well the last few years.

    They refuse to spend money in free agency even when they have it.

    This is a pivotal year for Pittsburgh…are their fans really going to tolerate another year missing the playoffs?

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 2:08 PM

    he’s a dinosaur

    That’s an all pro dinosaur skippy in case you need someone to help you remember.

  36. uglydingo says: Mar 5, 2014 2:09 PM

    Wow! Maybe the Steelers can extend Ryan Clark and get Charlie Batch as backup QB and maybe Plaxico Burress. One needs a vivid imagination for an exciting year ahead. Steelers need a lot of fresh blood – team is getting stale.

  37. stainlessstill says: Mar 5, 2014 2:12 PM

    Beautiful :-) Two rocks needed to withstand the youth around us. Troy is so valuable, we asked him to play MLB in most QRT packages. This time around, Troy will do what he does best. Even at his age, he’s STILL 95% better than most safeties today and that’s even with a step-back. Troy is special. Glad to have him retire a Steeler!

    7th Lombardi is SO CLOSE we can taste it!

  38. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 5, 2014 2:15 PM

    Same thing every year,push the cap down the road.It will all catch up then look out.Just let players go its a bussiness.The fans forget quickly when you get young good plyer.

  39. joemammy says: Mar 5, 2014 2:17 PM

    Did they factor in Polamalu’s Social Security income?

  40. sdiegosteel says: Mar 5, 2014 2:17 PM

    Those people who believe the Steelers are going into “cap hell” are just wishing. In two moves they are below the cap number with a cap that continues to grow. I’ve been told on this site for seven years that the Steelers are going to cap hell. Might as well be the guy with a tinfoil hat who keeps proclaiming the end of times is around the corner. Meanwhile, the franchise hasn’t had a losing season since 2003.

  41. jcornella says: Mar 5, 2014 2:17 PM

    Loved ravens guy commenting on liking this. Not nearly as much as we like your flacco signing!!!

  42. grantsbuds says: Mar 5, 2014 2:18 PM

    Rooney’s hell-bent loyalty to his players ensures mediocrity for the foreseeable future.

    Troy was a great player…..WAS….but is below average now.

  43. 3yardsndust says: Mar 5, 2014 2:20 PM

    The Steelers would be in better shape if Colbert were removed from draft responsibilities. The guy is terrible.

  44. stainlessstill says: Mar 5, 2014 2:24 PM

    Troy’s Stats for 2013:
    69 tackles
    2 sacks
    5 forced fumbles
    2 interceptions
    1 pick-6
    11 Passes Defended
    7 stuffs
    1 blocked kick

    When Troy’s healthy, he makes your team look like pansies.

  45. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    Polamalu is coming off his EIGHTH Pro Bowl in 11 seasons. He is the Steelers most significant draft pick since Joe Greene. He deserves to treated as such…

  46. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    The 2021 HOF ballot should include Ben, Troy, Heath, Ike, Hines, Bus.

  47. si1m says: Mar 5, 2014 2:34 PM

    What is it about signing guys collecting AARP benefits that Pittsburgh loves so much? Who’s next for an extension, GREG LLOYD?

    Joe Flacco, Slayer of Steelers, couldn’t have drawn it up better. Its like 11 on 9 because at any given 2 of the defenders are having a “senior moment”

  48. ninetysixer says: Mar 5, 2014 2:39 PM

    Joe Flacco led his team to a superbowl win over the most talented team in the NFL, Big Jen led his team to a superbowl win over a 9-7 Cardinals team. Good for youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 2:40 PM

    Joe Flacco, Slayer of Steelers, couldn’t have drawn it up better. Its like 11 on 9 because at any given 2 of the defenders are having a “senior moment”

    You must be confused Charlie Batch had a senior moment, but rebounded to be JumpBallJoe led ratturds.

  50. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 2:42 PM

    “Its like 11 on 9 because at any given 2 of the defenders are having a “senior moment”

    It’ll actually even out to 9 on 9 – Rice will be in jail, and Thompson will be too high to know what’s going on.

  51. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    Joe Flacco led his team to a superbowl win over the most talented team in the NFL, Big Jen led his team to a superbowl win over a 9-7 Cardinals team. Good for youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

    Where on the Lombardi trophy is the Cardinals record ? Not the steelers fault it’s who they had to play and they won….what else you got skippy?

  52. stillers213 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    The ignorance level on these boards is extraordinary. Watch some Steeler games before burying Troy. I swear I don’t know what you trolls are even watching on Sundays.

    However, any derogatory comment from Bungle’s fan is still somehow amusing to me. :)

  53. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    Joe Flacco, Slayer of Steelers? $120 million for an 8-8 season and no playoffs.

    The Steeler hatred has certainly ramped up the last few days.

  54. TheMorningStar says: Mar 5, 2014 2:49 PM

    This is great news to read!

    It means another two seasons for Tom Brady to demolish and exploit the most overrated Safety in the NFL.

    Thanks Pittsburgh!

  55. troy43mvp says: Mar 5, 2014 2:50 PM

    4 Million for Heath Miller? Tell me any team in the NFL that wouldn’t take him for 4 million against the cap. It’s players willing to rework things along with the classy front office and ownership that makes me happy that I am a Steelers fan.

  56. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    Ravens fans should be more concerned with their soon-to-be suspended running back rather than the Steelers.

  57. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 5, 2014 2:56 PM

    (1)Joe Flacco is 0-2 against the Steelers in the playoffs…….hardly a Slayer of Steelers.

    (2)If Troy is below average as someone said, how come he was voted as a first team All-Pro again last year?

    (3)How does meeting the cap requirement every year equate to having serious cap issues? From what I remember, the Cowboys and Redskins were the only teams that were penalized for not meeting the cap. Plus the Steelers only have to now cut Levi Brown, sign Worilds to along-term deal and restructure Ben& Ike to fall under the cap with some cushion.

    (4)Polamalu is 32 years old. That is considered ancient in terms of being a player in the NFL these days?

    Some people need to read facts before they write.

  58. steelcityfinest13 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    Why is 32 so old to everybody….I can see if he had2 bump bodies with the 300lbs dinosaurs every play…I can say he has more tread on his tires as a S at age 32 than woodley at 29 and playing LB

  59. weepingjebus says: Mar 5, 2014 3:02 PM

    “With these guys locked in, and some new players, maybe we’ll catch the Bengals next year! Keep shooting for the stars!”

  60. bert1913 says: Mar 5, 2014 3:03 PM

    most teams want to get younger and faster, not older and slower

  61. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2014 3:04 PM

    Morningstar, and at the moment Goodell is working on a new Brady Rule. You must wait a minimum of three seconds to rush him after the ball is snapped.

  62. si1m says: Mar 5, 2014 3:05 PM

    “It’ll actually even out to 9 on 9 – Rice will be in jail, and Thompson will be too high to know what’s going on.”

    Tomlin better wear a Polamalu jersey on gameday so when Troy wanders off confused into the cheerleader section they aren’t called for 10 men on the field.

  63. iamedreed says: Mar 5, 2014 3:05 PM

    “They are not delaying cap armageddon….Both extensions do not guarantee anything beyond 2014 so they are not pushing anything into the future really, just lowering their cap now because those 2 were to stand to be big cap hits this year. Smart move with no ramifications. They deteriorate, they get cut. Pretty simple. Know the facts before you start spewing cap ramifications and getting younger…..”

    UMMMMM do you even understand how the salary cap works??

    actually pushing future cap hits into the future is EXACTLY what they are doing. Money that was supposed to hit the cap this year, is now being pushed out into the future years by converting it into a signing bonus. So even if you cut Troy at the end of 2014 he will still have 2 years of dead money left on the cap.

    you can’t simply eliminate those cap hits by moving them into the future, eventually those are going to come due for payment, AND youll still have ben and his 20M+ cap hit

    welcome to salary cap hell, maybe if kevin could learn to draft a bit better you wouldn’t have to overpay your old players

  64. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2014 3:06 PM

    weepingjebus, maybe, just maybe someday the Bengals will win something. Maybe.

  65. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2014 3:12 PM

    According to Steeler haters, they’ve been in salary cap hell for years.

  66. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 5, 2014 3:13 PM

    Most teams would rather hold onto their best offensive and defensive players for a few more years while they try to get younger in other areas that need it more than Safety and Tight End, the two positions, besides punter & kicker, where age does not have that much of a factor. See Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed (before injury).

  67. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2014 3:13 PM

    The Steelers don’t have cheerleaders. Just an FYI.

  68. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 5, 2014 3:18 PM

    you can’t simply eliminate those cap hits by moving them into the future, eventually those are going to come due for payment, AND youll still have ben and his 20M+ cap hit
    -
    not entirely true.

  69. flacco8 says: Mar 5, 2014 3:36 PM

    This is percisely the difference between the Ravens and Steelers from a cap management perspective…

    The Steelers show loyalty to their players beyond what is typical and will go ahead and stretch their aging veterans out for one last contract, meanwhile the Ravens are much more pragmatic and cold from a business perspective and operate under the philosophy that they would rather get rid of a declining veteran a year to early than a year too late…

    The 2 obvious case studies of this…Ed Reed v. Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller v. Todd Heap

    Best of luck to Steelers fans, hope it works out for the sake of our rivalry…let the youth movement in Pittsburgh continue!

  70. ianwetpantscom says: Mar 5, 2014 3:39 PM

    When was the last time the Steelers won a playoff game?

    #justsay’n

  71. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 5, 2014 3:42 PM

    OLDER and OLDER!

  72. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 3:54 PM

    welcome to salary cap hell, maybe if kevin could learn to draft a bit better you wouldn’t have to overpay your old players

    You raven trolls are a hoot. Every year at this time the volume goes up about the steelers cap problems, but the mouthy fans disappear as your team struggles to 8-8 during the season. Trolls just be around to take the heat this year when the ravens stink….again.

  73. TheMorningStar says: Mar 5, 2014 3:54 PM

    November 3, 2013

    New England 55
    Pittsburgh 33

    Tom Brady = 432 yds, 4 TD’s.

    Troy Palamalu = Burned all night long.

  74. steelcurtainn says: Mar 5, 2014 3:57 PM

    Nice move extending these guys. With a nice draft and a few free agent signings the quest for number 7 begins.

  75. joewilliesshnoz says: Mar 5, 2014 3:59 PM

    At least 6 more times for Troy to fly over the line of scrimmage and smack Flacco in his unibrow.

  76. dachozen1 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:23 PM

    This is a decision only a homer or someone drinking the kool aid would like.

  77. sdakota says: Mar 5, 2014 4:27 PM

    according to troy lovers on this board, he had 69 tackles this year and played some lb. if this is true, 69 tackles for a safety is good? I think the troy lovers have been too busy sniffing his girly hair. that is pathetic. well maybe he played a lot of coverage and had a lot of interceptions. no. he is an old guy who gets beaten like a drum in coverage, gets lambasted when he tries to play the run any more.yet the only highlight they show when once a game he might guess right on a snap count and stop the guy in the back field. he has not even been average for about 3 or 4 years. biting the bullet would be the smart move. just cut him. Of course their man Colbert doesn’t know how to draft, so he can’t let any one go

  78. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2014 4:27 PM

    I don’t understand the Polamalu extension, but the Miller one is smart, he is what a TE should be.

  79. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    November 3, 2013

    New England 55
    Pittsburgh 33

    Tom Brady = 432 yds, 4 TD’s.

    Troy Palamalu = Burned all night long.

    Steelers==2
    Patriots==0. Lombardi’s since spy gate.

  80. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 5, 2014 4:40 PM

    This was a gesture of loyalty. Polamalu is mediocre at this point. Much like our beloved Ed Reed.

  81. randomcommenter says: Mar 5, 2014 4:51 PM

    Polamalu had a great 2013. People don’t realize that because of injuries, the steelers essentially played him as an ILB as they used a dime defense as their base.

    Most guys would not have been unselfish enough to agree to play in a scheme that almost guaranteed he would not have good stats.

    If Polamalu could stay deep and cherry pick like Ed Reed, he’d have a bunch more INTs.

  82. dynaco says: Mar 5, 2014 5:47 PM

    Rule #1: You never sign an aging veteran on what he did in the past.

  83. tictoccpthook says: Mar 5, 2014 5:57 PM

    Great moves. Now we need to find a quality corner and quality safety to replace Taylor and Clark as they retire. The defense is then young, strong, and deep. Troy will have a banner year with this group, as will Miller on the reinvigorated offense. Don’t know where the naysayers above are getting their info, they must watch pee wee football,mot confuse Steelers Nation with the jailhouse in Baltimore.

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