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Steelers won’t cut Troy Polamalu to save cap space

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The Steelers have been tight against the cap, need to make changes to an aging defense.

But they won’t fix those two problems by cutting veteran safety Troy Polamalu.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Steelers won’t make any move with Polamalu.

They will likely try to rework his deal, to lower his $10.8 million salary cap charge. They’ll need to do so soon, as they’re currently over the salary cap by around $15 million, and are sitting on a $9.754 million charge for transition-tagged outside linebacker Jason Worilds.

While that likely means some long-time stars like LaMarr Woodley are shown the door, Polamalu has apparently reached sacred cow status.

The Steelers have made it clear they want him to retire with the club, with which he has spent all 12 of his NFL seasons.

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42 Responses to “Steelers won’t cut Troy Polamalu to save cap space”
  1. deerhuntinfool71 says: Mar 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    Even as a browns fan this guy is a class act. He is not the player he used to be. But I got a lot of respect for him.

  2. steelbydesign says: Mar 5, 2014 9:48 AM

    Troy has a great season, that not many talked about…

    He finally was able to stay healthy for a full 16 games, and was his usual self flying around the field.

    He didn’t create his usual amount of turnovers though because he played ILB for most of the season, and did a great job with it.

  3. elliottcovert says: Mar 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    I like Polamalu personally, but I have to say that the Steeler’s loyalty to him may not be in the organization’s best interest. He’s been an integral part of two championship teams and he was arguably the best defensive player in the NFL for several years, but he’s getting older and his injuries are piling up. Keeping him around for posterity is not necessarily a luxury that a cash-strapped team like Pittsburgh can afford.

  4. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 5, 2014 9:53 AM

    Does the title to this story make any more sense than: “Steelers wont cut their best players to make cap space” or “Steelers value cap space more than playing quality football” or “Steelers aren’t stupid”.

    Come on Man.

  5. enochmh2 says: Mar 5, 2014 9:56 AM

    Might be the most humble guy in the league and i respect the loyalty they’re showing but the reality is in coverage he’s become a huge reliability

  6. sbchampsagain says: Mar 5, 2014 10:00 AM

    Troy is a HOF guy.

    Still, his best days are behind him. Hopefully the Steelers can finally right the ship after 3 painful years of mediocrity and Troy can go out with a bang this year.

  7. florida76 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:06 AM

    Polamalu is one of the three future Hall of Famers from the 2008 World Champions(#86 & #7) are the others. Still can play at a high level, so this wasn’t really a surprise for people who follow the Steelers closely.

  8. jerruhjones says: Mar 5, 2014 10:10 AM

    Stick a fork in him…he’s done!

    Go Browns!!!

  9. ariani1985 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:11 AM

    I thought he was already in an old folks home?

    -8 again

  10. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 5, 2014 10:12 AM

    Class act. Pete Carroll coached him up at USC. Now he’s doing the same with Earl Thomas. PC is like a defensive back zen master. Hopefully ET can take the torch from TP and carry it the next ten years. Polamalu set the bar pretty high. First ballot HOFer for sure.

  11. jgd3rd says: Mar 5, 2014 10:14 AM

    @florida76…86 not a NFL HOF’er.

  12. fdugrad says: Mar 5, 2014 10:14 AM

    Great player when healthy, however, This “sacred cow” should be put out to pasture.

  13. ez4u2sa says: Mar 5, 2014 10:16 AM

    Definitely a class act but it’s obvious his best days are behind him. The Steelers are going have to move on if they want to get back in the mix with Bengals and Ravens.

  14. Stiller43 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:23 AM

    You guys constantly fail to mention levi brown being cut will instantly save 6+ mil…

    The cap issues are greatly exaggerated

  15. scrummymustard says: Mar 5, 2014 10:26 AM

    Only a steeler fan would think he is worth nearly $11m in cap hit for this year.

    He is over the hill.

  16. magicmtndan says: Mar 5, 2014 10:27 AM

    “His best days are behind him.”

    You guys are football geniuses! There are 32 teams in the league that need your football savvy and intellect as they all need to determine which players’ “best days are behind them.”

    And they need your advice because clearly you think any player whose “best days are behind him” should be cut!

    You cut guys for multiple reasons including, DO YOU HAVE A BETTER PLAYER OPTION to fill that position?

    Troy had a great season last year – one of the best in the league (still). While he’s not the player he once was he’s still the best option for next year which is what matters.

    If your team has a better player than Troy at his position please let us know so we can see how good your team is. Meanwhile please advise the Steelers on who should fill Troy’s spot next years since you think he should be gone.

    HA HA you guys are football geniuses (“genies”) meanwhile your blindness to your team’s weaknesses is laughable.

  17. clashpoint says: Mar 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    He was not only healthy, he was one of the very few players in the league to play every one of his team’s defensive snaps last year. In the team’s quarters package he also essentially played linebacker. He very much earned that pro bowl last year, people. As good as he once was? No, but anyone thinking he was a liability on defense last year was not paying attention. He’s class in every way a person, much less a football player, can be class.

  18. idiothunter0 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    Ya, because the Ravens are “in the mix” right? I don’t call 8-8 and 3rd in the AFC North “in the mix.”

  19. getyourownname says: Mar 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    He was an admirable player, always respected him, but when an organization lets emotions govern its personnel decisions and contracts, it is setting itself up for even more serious future cap problems, especially when it is already one of 2 teams (with Dallas) significantly over the cap (although the writer curiously calls this being “tight against the cap”).

    Hard decisions are hard for a reason.

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    Definitely a class act but it’s obvious his best days are behind him. The Steelers are going have to move on if they want to get back in the mix with Bengals and Ravens.

    I guess you didn’t pay attention last year as the steelers beat every team in the AFCN once and the hapless Brownies twice. Stay in the mix? Be careful swimming in the deep end of the gene pool has its risks.

  21. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 10:36 AM

    The decline continues.

  22. citizenstrange says: Mar 5, 2014 10:46 AM

    Unless LeBeau can rebuild the Steeler defense back to #1 in the entire NFL where they allow less than 10 points per game while at the same time scoring at least one defensive touchdown per game the Steelers are not going to the playoffs.

    If they have to rely on Bottom Third Ben and Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin to carry them they will be sitting on their couches watching the playoffs for the foreseeable future and that’s bad enough.

    But if they cut the overrated Hairball the yinzers would be suicidal.

  23. FinFan68 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:49 AM

    15 million over a salary cap that jumped almost 10 million from last year? I bet they are happy it jumped.

  24. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    Do they have any good players anymore? They have become that team no one notices. Not good and not bad, just there and on a steady decline.

  25. tv426 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    Good – I’m not a Stiller fan so them keeping him is great news. He is very easy to burn as he always tries to jump routes to make a big play. Double moves work against him all the time.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 11:04 AM

    Unless LeBeau can rebuild the Steeler defense back to #1 in the entire NFL where they allow less than 10 points per game while at the same time scoring at least one defensive touchdown per game the Steelers are not going to the playoffs.

    If they have to rely on Bottom Third Ben and Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin to carry them they will be sitting on their couches watching the playoffs for the foreseeable future and that’s bad enough.

    But if they cut the overrated Hairball the yinzers would be suicidal.

    The tone of this post is very similar to another Ben bashers daily rant….must be brothers and closet Raven fans. Funny how fast you will jump on the bandwagon when the team puts it together….pathetic.

  27. theclink12 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    His best days are far behind him.

    Bad move by Pittsburgh…he won’t make it through the year without getting hurt again.

  28. southpaw2k says: Mar 5, 2014 11:06 AM

    I understand the desire to keep Polamalu on the Steelers for his entire career, but does it make much sense from an on-field perspective to keep a guy who’s 32 instead of a player who’s 29 and plays the same position? Sounds like the decision is made more out of sentiment instead of what’s potentially in the best interest of the team.

  29. sallust99 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:08 AM

    Lets do it again, shall we:

    72, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 84, 94, 95, 97, 01, 04, 05, 08, and 10!

    One game away from the SB a record 15 times.

    Look at the domination boys, and quit the envy.

    You wish your organization was run this well.

  30. blackngold4life says: Mar 5, 2014 11:13 AM

    Wheres Ed Reed??

  31. weepingjebus says: Mar 5, 2014 11:15 AM

    Like him as a person, but his “flying around out there” is good for 1-2 plays a game, while the rest of the time he’s getting burned. Hell, Tebow burned him on that playoff winning pass, something Steelers fans still claim was due to the “defensive call” or something. Go back and watch it and tell me if you think Polamalu was even trying to run hard during that play or — even worse — that’s his top speed these days.

  32. artofscore says: Mar 5, 2014 11:19 AM

    At some point tough decisions must be made. Hanging on to aging players for PR sake is one way to ensure failure moving forward. Ignore the fans and make the tough decision.

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 11:21 AM

    Take it easy on the Troy criticism.

    – Boomer Esiason

  34. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 11:24 AM

    polamalu hasn’t been much since pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. rydze got busted for illegal distribution of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

  35. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 11:28 AM

    Best defensive player to ever play the game. It would be silly to cut him.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 12:03 PM

    polamalu hasn’t been much since pittsburgh steelers team doctor dr. rydze got busted for illegal distribution of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

    Ah the default post at last! Funny how you are the only troll interested in the Dr you seem to idolize. Also funny the NFL showed zero interest…..one and done is really hurting your brain dude.

  37. steelcurtainn says: Mar 5, 2014 12:05 PM

    Cutting him is a ridiculous idea. Polamalu will be receiving another superbowl ring before heading to canton.

  38. jjsteel43 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:17 PM

    Releasing Troy in the same off season as Clark leaving as a FA would be too much change in one off season at the safety position and would lack leadership there. They still have to decide what to do with Ike. Art Rooney ll talked about Troy retiring as a steeler and he deserves to do that. They will be drafting a safety in this coming draft but he’ll need time to learn.

  39. troy43mvp says: Mar 5, 2014 12:21 PM

    Troy is taking a pay cut and I thought played well last year. He is one of those guys that plays well because he has great instincts and experience. Steeler fans will never complain that a H.O.F. Warrior is part of the plan.

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 12:36 PM

    When he does someday retire, I’m sure it will be done in glorious fashion, a la The Bus.

  41. southpaw2k says: Mar 5, 2014 12:46 PM

    Lawrence Taylor, Ronnie Lott, Deion Sanders, and Mike Singletary would beg to differ on “best defensive player ever,” just to name a few.

    Even Ed Reed was every bit as great a player as Polamalu during each guy’s respective prime.

  42. footballchic777 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:16 PM

    Everyone says the owners stay true to their own. And TP has done great things in the past. When was his last solid year? Loyalty is great, but business is business. Do your job or take a pay cut.

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