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Troy Polamalu | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 207
College: USC
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "best guess" is 2014 will be SS Troy Polamalu's final NFL season.
It's an interesting projection after the Steelers signed Polamalu to a new three-year, $20 million contract in March, though that same deal considerably lowered his salary cap number. Polamalu is under contract for 2015 and 2016 at reasonable base salaries of $6 million and $5.75 million. Now 33 years old, Polamalu finished 2013 as a top-five safety per Pro Football Focus. May 23 - 1:48 PM

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Steelers signed SS Troy Polamalu to a new three-year, $20 million contract.

It's a two-year extension that also lowers Polamalu's 2014 cap number. GM Kevin Colbert signed both Polamalu and Heath Miller to extensions through 2016 on Wednesday. Polamalu was previously scheduled to earn an $8.25 million base salary in 2014 and count over $10.8 million against the cap. Polamalu started all 16 games in 2013 and remains a high-impact defender, even if the pieces around him in Pittsburgh have diminished over the years.
Mar 5 - 1:23 PM

A source tells ESPN that the Steelers will not release SS Troy Polamalu this offseason.

Per Adam Schefter, the "Rooney family is too loyal and Polamalu has been too valuable." Of course, this doesn't mean the 32-year-old won't be asked to take a pay cut on his $8.25 million base salary. The Steelers currently have the least cap space in the entire league.
Mar 5 - 8:02 AM

Owner Art Rooney II has made it his "goal" to ensure SS Troy Polamalu retires as a Steeler.

Pittsburgh could save $8 million under the salary cap by releasing Polamalu, but Rooney's comments indicate that won't even be a consideration, for better or worse. Polamalu turns 33 in April and has an $8.25 million base salary. He's increasingly become a deficient coverage safety. Polamalu did play a full 16-game season in 2013, forcing seven turnovers with a 19-yard pick six.
Feb 16 - 1:55 PM

Troy Polamalu is hoping to honor his 2014 contract with the Steelers.

Coming off a surprisingly healthy season that saw the 32-year-old play in all 16 games, Polamalu will not be retiring. The issue is his non-guaranteed $8.25 million 2014 salary and the Steelers' messy cap situation. It's possible the future Hall of Famer will be asked to take a pay cut even though he's graded out as a top-six safety among 88 qualifiers per Pro Football Focus. If Polamalu refuses, the Steelers will have a decision on their hands. Last year, they let Jerome Harrison walk after he balked at a pay cut.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:02:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers SS Troy Polamalu will have to play "very well" down the stretch to ensure his roster spot for 2014.

The same is reportedly true of FS Ryan Clark. Polamalu is signed for a non-guaranteed $8.25 million in 2014. At least thus far, Polamalu has stayed healthy this season after missing nine games in 2012, though he's not playing at the elite level he did in the mid-2000s. Polamalu has graded out a solid, but not spectacular, 12th in Pro Football Focus' safety ratings. With Polamalu going on 33, it's not inconceivable the aging Steelers will opt to go in a different direction this offseason. That being said, it's still more likely than not Polamalu remains a Steeler in 2014.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 06:41:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu says he's fully recovered from the calf injury that cost him nine games and parts of others last season.

"I feel great standing here right now," he said. "How I felt in the past, I don't have too much memory of that." The 32-year-old has been "pacing" himself in camp, and the Steelers are planning to give Polamalu plenty of rest. Pittsburgh has an aging roster, but the team should have one more playoff run in it.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu is reportedly in his best shape since his days at USC.

The Steelers kick off OTAs on Tuesday. Polamalu missed nine games with a lingering calf injury last season, and the team needs him to be on the field more this year. Three of the Steelers' starting four defensive backs -- Polamalu, FS Ryan Clark, and RCB Ike Taylor -- are all over the age of 32.
Mon, May 20, 2013 08:29:00 PM

Steelers DC Dick LeBeau believes Troy Polamalu can play at a high level for "several more years."

Although he'll be 32 in April, Polamalu continues to operate at a high level. The problem has been ongoing lower-leg injuries which cost him nine games in 2012. "He has a lot of tremendous football talent still in him," LeBeau said. "Once he got back on the field, I couldn't see any difference in his play than when he was winning the Defensive Player of the Year award." Polamalu is signed through 2014.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 11:35:00 AM

It's "obvious" Troy Polamalu (calf) is playing through discomfort.

A 31-year-old Polamalu has been a shell of himself since returning three games ago. He has played limited snaps at times while getting treatment on the sideline and has no sacks, interceptions or fumbles. It looks like Polamalu will need the offseason to reach 100 percent.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 11:35:00 AM

Troy Polamalu says his two calf injuries this season were to two different muscles.

In other words, the seven-game absence from his second calf injury was not an aggravation of the problem that caused him to miss Weeks 2 and 3. Polamalu admits he had a "better game plan" going into last week's game than he did in his initial Week 4 return.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:15:00 AM

Troy Polamalu (calf) recorded two tackles in his Week 13 return to action.

Polamalu was eased back in after missing seven straight games, splitting time with Will Allen. Most importantly, he emerged from the win over the Ravens setback-free. Look for Polamalu's snaps to get a major bump against the Chargers next week.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 09:51:00 AM

Steelers DC Dick LeBeau expects SS Troy Polamalu (calf) to play a "significant role" against the Ravens on Sunday.

"I don't think he will be able to be out there every snap," said LeBeau. "He is in good shape ... but I think his football conditioning needs some development." The Steelers pass defense has allowed 819 yards over the past six games compared to 791 by the Texans pass defense over the past two games.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 11:27:00 AM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (calf) is scheduled to practice on Wednesday and could play versus the Ravens in Week 13.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu has a "possibility" of playing on Sunday. "We're encouraged by his status," said Tomlin. We still believe Week 14 is a more realistic target for Polamalu.
Source: Scout.com
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 01:38:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (doubtful, calf) returned to practice Friday.

Polamalu isn't going to play this week at Cleveland, but he's progressing enough from the torn calf to go through practice drills, and that's a good sign for his going-forward status. He might return in time for Week 14 or 15.
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 03:47:00 PM