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Old 02-16-2007, 12:31 AM   #1
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Does anyone know the status of Big Ben's or Polamalu's contracts. I think they are both in their last seasons or close to it.
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Old 02-16-2007, 03:04 AM   #2
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Polamalu is in his last year.

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The Steelers will pay Polamalu a $225,000 salary this year -- the rookie minimum -- with his base wages increasing to $305,000, $566,000, $827,000 and $1.088 million through 2007.
Roethlisberger is contracted until the end of the 2009 season.

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On August 4, 2004 Roethlisberger signed a six-year contract worth $22.26 million in salaries and bonuses, with an additional $17.73 million available via incentives.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:05 AM   #3
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That is actually fortuitous for the Steelers to have their two franchise players' contracts end 2 seasons apart - it should allow them some flexibility in their personnel decisions to give them the extra cap room they will need to sign them both to extensions. You would think that they will begin negotiating Troy's extension ASAP - they will have to break the bank to re-sign him, and they shouldn't even think twice about doing so.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:29 AM   #4
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That is actually fortuitous for the Steelers to have their two franchise players' contracts end 2 seasons apart - it should allow them some flexibility in their personnel decisions to give them the extra cap room they will need to sign them both to extensions. You would think that they will begin negotiating Troy's extension ASAP - they will have to break the bank to re-sign him, and they shouldn't even think twice about doing so.
I think its safe to say that another team will be in a position to offer more than the Steelers for his services (what with potential cap room).

The Steelers have to offer him enough so that he doesn't feel like they are taking advantage of his natural loyalty.

I think Pittsburgh may get lucky - everything I have read about him makes me think he sees the 'bigger picture' ie, that being happy with your employers and your location is more important than a couple of extra mil in the bank.

There is no doubt in my mind that Pittsburgh will be challenging on a much more regular basis than any of the teams who have a large amount of cap room that will likely bid for him.

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I think its safe to say that another team will be in a position to offer more than the Steelers for his services (what with potential cap room).

The Steelers have to offer him enough so that he doesn't feel like they are taking advantage of his natural loyalty.

I think Pittsburgh may get lucky - everything I have read about him makes me think he sees the 'bigger picture' ie, that being happy with your employers and your location is more important than a couple of extra mil in the bank.

There is no doubt in my mind that Pittsburgh will be challenging on a much more regular basis than any of the teams who have a large amount of cap room that will likely bid for him.

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I agree, however they have to realize that Troy is part of the "core" of the team and one guy they definitely cannot afford to lose. IMO, it is going to take an 8-figure signing bonus as a starting point toward an extension, and recent history shows that they are extremely hesitant about paying that kind of cash up front. Having Art Rooney II as the point man in those contract negotiations doesn't make me feel all that comfortable, either.
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I have to believe that they will do everything humanly possible to sign Troy. They have to have listened to the profuse praise from every other coach in the league and realize that he would be signed in a heartbeat by anybody. Also they have to know that as important as Ben is to the offense, Troy is the QB of the defense, and is as equally important.
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I agree, however they have to realize that Troy is part of the "core" of the team and one guy they definitely cannot afford to lose. IMO, it is going to take an 8-figure signing bonus as a starting point toward an extension, and recent history shows that they are extremely hesitant about paying that kind of cash up front. Having Art Rooney II as the point man in those contract negotiations doesn't make me feel all that comfortable, either.
I think the Patriots and the Steelers FO operate along similar lines.

New England was willing to pay whatever it took to the two players it thought were indispensible - Tom Brady and Richard Seymour.

Its possible that Pittsburgh value Troy in a similar bracket - I can't imagine anything worse than Steeler fans watching Troy line up against them for a postseason opponent.

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It'll be interesting to see how Troy's situation plays out. I remember a few posters here mentioning his cuncussions and how it may or may not affect his contract renewal. I for one believe he will be a steeler, but you never know how things are gonna play out. I really hope the FO makes it a priority to keep him around.
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Troy seems to have the humble approach for now. Hopefully he keeps that mentality. At the end of the day it's all about the money for many players. Hopefully stability and longevity are important to Troy.
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:32 PM   #10
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Even if they can't get him signed this offseason, they would most likely use the franchise tag next season to keep Troy off the market.
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