It probably won’t be long until we find out how the Pittsburgh Steelers feel about safety Troy Polamalu playing for them next season, but judging by the comments made recently by cornerback Ike Taylor on 93.7 The Fan, we probably shouldn’t expect the former first-round draft to retire.
“Troy’s training. Troy’s got his own thing going; he’s going to be ready. I hope he’s playing in Pittsburgh,” said Taylor.
If the Steelers release Polamalu and tab him as a post June 1 cut, they will save $6 million in cap space next season. If such a move were to happen, you would expect it to made prior to the start of the new league year on March 10 out of respect.
The Steelers have yet to release any players since the brass returned from the 2015 NFL Scouting combine but they have started the process of restructuring contracts as tackle Marcus Gilbert, safety Mike Mitchell and center Maurkice Pouncey have all reportedly had their contracts reworked. Those moves reportedly freed up roughly $9.5 million in cap space for 2015.
Soon-to-be unrestricted free agent linebacker Jason Worilds remains the elephant in the room with less than two weeks to go before the start of the new league year. There’s still time, however, to work out a long-term deal with him.
The Steelers are expected to try to re-sign linebacker Arthur Moats and cornerback Brice McCain before the start of the new league year as the one-year contracts they signed last offseason are about to expire.
At some point during the offseason an extension is also expected to be finalized with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the same goes for defensive end Cameron Heyward, who had his option picked up last offseason.