Report: Troy Polamalu could be released after season

troy-polamalu-steelersTroy Polamalu could be released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the season if he does not impress the team the rest of the season, according to a report.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who said over the weekend that we can expect Ben Roethlisberger to ask for a trade after the season, came through with more Steelers rumors on Thursday. Rapoport reported on “Total Access Kickoff” that there could be “significant turnover” to the Steelers’ offensive coaching staff and defensive secondary. Rapoport also said that safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark have to play “incredibly well” in the final seven games to earn a chance to come back next season.

Polamalu was drafted in the first round by the Steelers in 2003 and has played his entire career in Pittsburgh. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, two-time Super Bowl champ and he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Despite his ability to make huge hits and game-changing plays, we have pointed out how he sometimes struggles in pass coverage. Just two weeks ago we showed you how faked out he was on a Tom Brady touchdown pass.

Polamalu is set to earn $8.25 million in the final year of his contract next season. If the Steelers release him, that would reportedly count as $2.637 million in dead money against the 2014 salary cap. Unless he agrees to a major discount, we can picture him being released. Don’t be surprised by all this; the Steelers are notoriously frugal and wouldn’t pay big money for a player who they don’t believe is worth it.

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  • Carol Fischbach

    I’m sick of hearing how it’s the veteran’s fault that the season is a downer. Let’s not forget all the talent that was shoved out the door in the offseason. The team consists of many rookies who are in no way ready to take over. Often, it takes several years to fully develop. Yet the owners and the fans expect them to be brilliant. And when that doesn’t happen, then it must be the better to let them take the fall than for the Rooney’s admit they made a major mistake. Between the veterans who were let go and all the injuries, the team is sadly depleted. But the higher ups need a scapegoat. As for the Steelers fans, I never knew they could be so mean and fickle. I saw all the empty seats, during the Bills game. The Steelers had a horrible game in New England and the fans and media will never let them forget. The players will never be able to live down what happened in the Pats game. As a result, Ryan and Troy should be dropped? They’re not doing bad at all. I watch the stats every week. They are second and fourth in the stats overall. Is it because they aren’t making the splash plays everyone lives for. Maybe the fans have unreasonable expectations. But to make Troy and/or Ryan pay the price is downright rotten. Put the blame where it lies. Or are the people in the front office too chicken to look in the mirror. Oh, and by the way. The Rooneys aren’t frugal. They’re cheap.

  • afraid to be hasseled

    is he worth the money or not?