According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has likely played his last game for the black and gold, per a pair of team sources.
As I posted just the other day, we’ll find out what the Steelers think about Polamalu next Tuesday or Wednesday as they must wait until the start of the new league year to release him if they plan on designating him a post June 1 release.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said this past week in a radio interview that the Steelers are “hoping” the veteran safety will retire before they have to release him.
“That is the elephant in the room,” Bouchette said. “I expect him not to be here by some means. The Steelers are hoping he would retire, but I don’t know if he is going to.”
Polamalu has indeed given no signs that he will retire and is apparently already started his training for the 2015 season.
As previously mentioned, the Steelers will save $6 million in cap space if Polamalu is released with a post June 1 designation. Needless to say, we should find out in about a week whether or not he will be retained, or if he will retire.