Steelers extend Polamalu, Miller through 2016

AP

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.

83 responses to “Steelers extend Polamalu, Miller through 2016

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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…..

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

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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”

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. “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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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. 🙂

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

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

  31. (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.

  32. 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

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

  34. 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.

  35. “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.

  36. “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

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

  38. 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).

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. November 3, 2013

    New England 55
    Pittsburgh 33

    Tom Brady = 432 yds, 4 TD’s.

    Troy Palamalu = Burned all night long.

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

  44. 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

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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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