In a bit of a peculiar move Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert released a short statement about safety Troy Polamalu as it relates to his contract status and future with the team.
“At this time, we do not have an update on Troy Polamalu or his contract status. We will continue to communicate with Troy and his representatives regarding his future.”
It sounds like the Steelers would like Polamalu to either retire or take a pay cut and if neither happen come the start of the new league on Tuesday, they will release him.
None of this is shocking news as Polamalu’s status with the team for the 2015 season has been the elephant in the room all offseason. The Steelers reportedly want Polamalu to retire.
Should the Steelers wind up releasing Polamalu with a post June 1 designation, they will save $6 million in salary cap space later in the summer. Releasing Polamalu effective immediately, however, would result in a cap savings in 2015 of $3.75 million.