Many people across the football world have assumed that Troy Polamalu‘s days with the Pittsburgh Steelers would soon be coming to an end. The 12-year veteran safety has spent his entire career in the Steel City, but due to his large salary, many thought it was only a matter of time before he was cut loose. However, the latest reports are in stark contradiction to that.
Adam Schefter (whose reports can usually be taken to the bank) is reporting that the Steelers will not cut Polamalu. The team is hoping to restructure his deal to help lower the team’s cap number, but other than that, they want him to stay in Pittsburgh and retire as a Steeler.
The only question remaining — is that what Polamula wants?
I would have to assume that he wants to stay in Pittsburgh for the remainder of his career. He’s won two Super Bowls there and he’s one of the most recognizable players in franchise history. On top of that, he’s still pretty good on the field. Sure, he’s not the player he used to be, but who is at 32 going on 33?
This is a classy and reasonable move by the Steelers. It’s good to see them looking at Polamalu as more than just a number. They realize what he’s meant to the team over the years and they’d like to see him retire in black and gold. That simply doesn’t happen enough in sports today.
At the same time, the Steelers are being realistic. Polamula is not a $10.8 million player anymore. Hopefully, the safety can swallow some pride and come to that realization as well.