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Steelers Will Not Release S Troy Polamalu To Free Up Cap Space

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers will not release S Troy Polamalu as they work to clear more cap space before the start of the 2014 league year.

  • Schefter adds that Steelers owner Art Rooney is too loyal to part ways with Polamalu
  • The Steelers reportedly view him as being too valuable to cut loose.

Polamalu, 32, is entering the final year of his four-year, $36.5 million contract and will make $8.25 million for the 2014 season. He’ll count $10.8 million against the team’s salary cap and the Steelers would gain $8 million if they were to release him.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers attempt to work out an extension with Polamalu that would reduce his cap figure and keep him under team control beyond this season.

Polamalu missed nine games during the 2012 season, but managed to return at a reasonably high level this past season. He totaled 69 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions — one of which was returned for a touchdown — five forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 safety in the league last year.