For many years now, Troy Polamalu has been a strong force in the tough Steelers defense, and the veteran safety will be sticking around for at least a few more years.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a bit of a rough season in 2013 that prevented them from making the playoffs, but one thing that has remained constant with their team for several years is the strong play from their star safety.
They were able to make the playoffs with some last second help from other teams, which did not work out in their favor, and the Chargers got in instead. Perhaps next year will be the year for Pittsburgh, and some young talent from the draft may help them win more games in 2014.
During the NFL's off-season, many teams continue to take a closer look at their rosters, and while some players are being cut, others also get contract extensions. On Wednesday, Polamalu signed a three-year contract extension that will secure him a spot on the team until 2016.
Steelers have signed safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller, to new three-year contracts.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2014
The deal is for $20 million total, and saves Pittsburgh $4.5 million against the cap this year, according to ESPN.
Throughout his career, Troy Polamalu has been responsible for a large amount of tackles, interceptions, and even sacks, racking up stats in a variety of areas, unlike some safeties. He has played in three Super Bowls for the team, two of which they won.
In the 2013 season, he had another outstanding performance, and was voted to his eighth Pro Bowl. Over the course of the season, he had 85 tackles, intercepting two passes and forcing five fumbles.
In addition to Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller was also given a contract extension until 2016. Miller is a veteran tight end for the Steelers, and like Polamalu, he has spent several seasons, and multiple Super Bowls with the team. He holds the franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end.
Both players experienced injuries in 2012, and were forced to sit out for multiple games. However, they are important parts of the franchise, and Steelers President Art Rooney II even told ticket holders in January that he wanted Polamalu to play his entire career in Pittsburgh.
— Anthony DiMoro (@AnthonyDiMoro) March 5, 2014
While the others are not making as big of headlines as Troy Polamalu, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy reworking their roster. Their Wednesday transactions also included releasing linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown and agreeing to a one-year deal with safety Will Allen.
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