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Old 05-12-2007, 08:05 AM   #1
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Default Troy wants to retire a Steeler......

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/trib.../s_507306.html

Steelers' Polamalu not worried about new deal
By Scott Brown
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The stir created by Alan Faneca's incisive and blunt comments Friday obscured the fact that several other key players are in the final year of their contract, most notably safety Troy Polamalu.

On a day when Faneca announced he will not end his career as a Steeler -- the team, he said, made him a "non-offer" in regard to a contract extension -- Polamalu said he would like to do just that.

"God willing, I'll be able to retire here as a Steeler," Polamalu said yesterday after a morning minicamp practice. "That's what I hope."

The Steelers will have to do something with Polamalu that they are apparently unwilling to do with Faneca: pony up some serious cash.

The five-year contract Polamalu signed before his rookie season in 2003 is worth just under $9 million.

His next contract will be a quantum leap from that, and the Steelers just may be willing to make Polamalu one of the highest-paid safeties in the league because he is a perennial Pro Bowler and is only 26 years old.

The Ravens made Ed Reed the highest-paid safety in league history last June when they signed him to a six-year deal that is worth as much as $40 million and included a $15 million signing bonus.

"I honestly haven't paid too much attention to it," Polamalu said of the progress he and the Steelers have made on a contract extension. "It's nothing that really worries me too much. I don't think about it every day."

Polamalu missed minicamp three weeks ago, but it had nothing to do with his contract. He was on a faith-based trip that he had planned well in advance of the scheduling of the voluntary minicamp.

"I want it to happen," Polamalu said of an extension, "but right now, it really doesn't matter."


Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Troy wants to retire a Steeler......

I think Troy is one of the few players I may actually believe when he says he wants to retire a Steeler. Good for him. Now let's get crackin' on his new contract! :)
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: Troy wants to retire a Steeler......

I believe Troy.He's not all about the money,he's not even looking at what other player's at his position have gotten recently.He knows he probally won't get Ed Reed money,but he knows he will get a pretty penny.And I doubt he'll ask the team to mortgage the future on him.

Unlike Faneca,who is looking at everyone else's contract,and wanting the Steelers to break the bank on a 30 year old offensive lineman.
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troy will not sign a contract that doesnt put him at least in the top 3 safeties ..... that unfortunately will NEVER happen in Pitt....the rooneys are not gonna pay him top 3 safety money.....their track record proves that
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Troy wants to retire a Steeler......

When you say "I want to retire a Steeler" you HAVE to know that you are saying "I will be paid a ton of cash, but not the most in the league." Troy is not that dumb. He knows what he will get offered.

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I love Troy's personality. Real modest and humble guy who does not get caught up worrying about what the next man is making. With that being said i definitely think he is going to get signed long term. He is a rare commodity in the league and he has to be in our FO best interest to keep around long term.
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:29 PM   #7
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Default Re: Troy wants to retire a Steeler......

Troy's got the right mindset. He'll take quality-of-career over more money.

He can stay in football's best city, play for the best team, and contend annually. Why would he risk that for more money that would probably just sit in the bank?
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troy will not sign a contract that doesnt put him at least in the top 3 safeties ..... that unfortunately will NEVER happen in Pitt....the rooneys are not gonna pay him top 3 safety money.....their track record proves that
Then go root for another team if you have a problem the Rooneys and the way they do things. I think they have proven to be successful.lol
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i would really hate saying Troy wearing another color besides the black and gold
he seems grounded and has a good attitude about finishing his carrear with the team that drafted him
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Troy's got the right mindset. He'll take quality-of-career over more money.

He can stay in football's best city, play for the best team, and contend annually. Why would he risk that for more money that would probably just sit in the bank?
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