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Polamalu Won’t Be With Steelers in 2015; Team Hoping He Retires

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The Steelers are heading down a road that they have seen before. Following the 2011 season the team knew that the end had come for future Hall of Fame WR Hines Ward.

Ward had just finished his 14th season with the team, and the organization had decided they had to move on without him.

The wide out looked around at possibly joining another team, even going so far as to flirting with the rival Ravens.

At the end of the day though, he took the high road, walking away from the NFL as a member of the Steelers and Steelers only, saying the only team he ever wanted to play for was the black and gold.

Now they face a situation a few years later that seems similar – that being the saga of safety Troy Polamalu.

The face of the franchise for the last 11 seasons is not coming back in 2015 to the Steelers according to reports, and the club is now hoping that #43 simply takes the same road as Ward – and retires.

Polamalu is a month away from 34, and too many times in 2014 he was overmatched on the field, clearly not the same player he was when he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

The Steelers will save $3.6 million on their 2015 salary cap if Polamalu is not on their roster. He turns 34 in a month, and while he probably does have gas in the tank, the Steelers and their fans have to face reality, it’s time to get younger at the safety position.

The team went out last season in free agency and signed Mike Mitchell, and while he was pretty bad last season, the team is hoping offseason surgery and a year with the black and gold will make him better in 2015.

It would look bad for the Steelers if they had to flat out cut Troy, but the NFL is a business, and there has to be understanding from Polamalu and his camp if the team does indeed release him, it’s for no other reason than it’s in the best interest of the team.

Polamalu doesn’t seem like a person that is going to hold on for the bitter end. He’s got a long life ahead of him, and often has talked about life after the NFL.

The Steelers hope that life will start soon – otherwise the team will have to carry out one of the tougher decisions they have ever made – releasing one of the most popular players in franchise history.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. DrGeorge

    March 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    The headline states it as a fact; the article only presumes the fact. Does anyone know for a fact Polamalu won’t be back in 2015? What is your source?

    Admittedly, for Troy’s health and the betterment of the defense, the majority of fans think Troy ought to retire with dignity. Age catches up with all of us, sooner or later, mostly sooner in the NFL. But beyond the twin arguments for his retirement of money and age, there is a third, more compelling reason: the NFL rule changes on pass protection have made Troy’s style of play passe. In his glory days in LeBeau’s Blitzburgh defense, Troy played like an auxillary linebacker and created havoc with opponent’s pass protection. However, his deficiency, even then, was pass protection; he simply was not and is not fast enough to cover quality receivers one on one. The same thing happened to Joe Green and Mel Blount when rule changes made their style of play obsolete.

    We all hope that Polamalu recognizes that his day is past and retires as one of the game’s all-time greats. But I do not know for a fact that that decision has been made. And if the headline writer knows that Troy won’t be back in 2015 for a fact, it must be based on pyschic powers, because nothing in the article confirms it.

  2. DaveB.

    March 5, 2015 at 5:55 am

    At the end of the day I hope Troy decides he has done all he can do and decides to retire . He has the awards and most importantly he has multiple Super Bowl championships . Theres nothing left for him to prove . I remember in the early eighties in Mel Blounts final season in a game against Cleveland , Mel was beaten badly by the receiver for a long touchdown and it was sad to watch . Mel simply couldnt keep up with him . Chuck Noll made a comment after the game that everyone on the field saw what was happening except for Mel . That was Chuck being Chuck . I dont think anyone wants to see Troy go out like that . He deserves better .

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