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July 23rd, 2007 - It's a great day Steeler fans

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 93Devil, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Thank god. He may crack my top-five, all-time Steelers when it is done. That is really saying something when Mean Joe, Lambert, Ham, Hines, Dwight White and The Bus are already on the list/right on it.

    I just hope the Steelers can somehow get Faneca signed.

    Steelers lock up Polamalu through 2011 season

    LATROBE, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu signed a four-year contract extension Monday worth $30.19 million that makes him the highest-paid player in team history and one of the NFL's top-paid defensive backs.

    The deal guarantees the Steelers will keep their most versatile defensive player through the 2011 season, when he will be 30, meaning Polamalu could negotiate another big-money contract before his NFL career ends.

    Even if Polamalu said he didn't want to leave as a free agent after this season and doesn't expect to want to take off four years from now, either.

    "I didn't want to be a player who is jumping from team to team," Polamalu said. "I've always felt comfortable here, I think this organization, this tradition they have here, is very legendary and I always wanted to be part of this."

    Polamalu, an All-Pro safety in 2005, already was due to make $1,088,000 in salary and $1,722,000 in guaranteed bonuses this season, for a total contract of $2,810,000 and a salary cap value of $1,632,000. His extension kicks in next season and will pay him a guaranteed $15,375,000 during the 2008-2011 seasons in guaranteed money and roster bonuses, which are automatically paid as long as he is on the team.

    "You have to earn the money," Polamalu said. "It's not for what I did in the past, it's for what I've got to earn now."

    How could he earn that?

    "Four Super Bowls in a row?" he said, smiling. "Go out and play hard, that's all I could do individually."

    Previously, the Steelers' highest-paid player was wide receiver Hines Ward, who signed a four-year extension in 2005 that has a maximum value of $25.8 million and guarantees him $10 million. That deal runs through 2009.

    "I'm very happy to get this done. The Rooneys were very fair and I think both sides are very happy to get this done very peacefully and without any feelings hurt at all," Polamalu said, referring to team owner Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II.

    Polamalu's signing was the second major contract deal by the Steelers in two days, but is likely to be their last before this season begins. On Sunday, they agreed to a five-year contract with outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, their first-round draft pick, that guarantees him $12 million and could be worth as much as $15 million.

    All-Pro Alan Faneca sought a contract extension during the offseason, but was unhappy when he was offered a deal that he said was worth less than the NFL's other premier guards make.

    During a May minicamp, Faneca said this will be his final season in Pittsburgh, and he reiterated that Monday. Faneca, a five-time All-Pro left guard, is making $4,375,000 this season but could possibly make twice that as a free agent next year.

    The Steelers also still have to decide what to do with linebacker Clark Haggans, right tackle Max Starks, guard Kendall Simmons and fullback Dan Kreider -- starters whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

    Polamalu wanted to get this contract done -- and do so without negotiating in public -- to avoid the problems Faneca had.

    "I feel for Alan, it's a shame," Polamalu said. "He's got a wife and kids and a lifestyle to uphold and, hopefully, he can get something done that's fair."

    Polamalu, one of the most versatile players in Steelers history, was a first-team All-Pro player when Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl during the 2005 season and was a second team All-Pro in 2004. He made the Pro Bowl the last three seasons and, besides being known for the flowing black hair that streams out of his helmet, is widely regarded as one of the league's top defensive players.

    Polamalu, a former Southern California player, has 10 sacks and 10 interceptions during his four-season career.

    "I'm very excited about this [contract]," said new Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who no longer must worry about Polamalu possibly leaving after this season.

    Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who was retained by Tomlin, uses the strong safety in a variety of positions, sometimes lining Polamalu up as an outside linebacker in the pass rush, on the inside on running plays or deep in a traditional formation.

    "Troy Polamalu is a very special football player who has been a key ingredient to our success over the past few seasons," Art Rooney II said. "We are excited to know he will be a Steeler for many seasons to come."

    Polamalu's contract was announced minutes before the Steelers officially opened their first training camp under Tomlin with conditioning tests, a previously much-dreaded drill that former coach Bill Cowher always held on the second day of camp.
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Hey, a Steelers thread in July. Woohoo!
  3. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I don't know if there should be blue font on that or not, but signing Troy is a huge step forward in the Tomlin era.
  4. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Yes, I was working in blue. Really, I don't care that this thread was started. I'd rather talk football than anything else, even in July. Just figured I'd get my 2 cents in before the fanboys took over.
  5. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

  6. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    hahaha ok

    There are a ton of Steeler fanboys here.

    Here is a football question for you before the "Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go" chant starts.

    Who would you rather have? The Steelers or the Bears starting the season?

    Remember, you have Grossman handing off to Benson to start the season. I know we have an aging offensive line, but our skill positions look a lot better.
  7. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member



    You're a joke.

    That being said:
  8. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Hey, I love the Steelers. Not ashamed of it. Thank God I never had to cover them.

    Worth every penny.

  10. pallister

    pallister Guest

  11. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Stupid quote function.
  12. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Ha! I've been a Colts fan since before they drafted Peyton. I'll admit to abandoning the Bengals for them, but it's not like the Colts were a whole lot better at the time.
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