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Rooney wants Polamalu retiring in Pittsburgh

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07:26 AM ET 01.16 | In a wide-ranging call with Steelers season ticket-holders, team president Art Rooney II said, among other tidbits, the franchise could reduce exhibition game ticket prices as early as next season. During the 30-minute conference call, Rooney also said he wants safety Troy Polamalu "to retire a Steeler," just as he wants quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to do. Polamalu is scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of his contract, with a salary cap charge of $10,887,500. "How we structure or restructure (Polamalu's contract) is something we will look at in the next few months," Rooney said. "There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but I certainly expect Troy will be one of the pieces to that puzzle. ... He's obviously been one of the great Steelers of all time

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January 16, 2014  07:56 AM ET

And he wants it now.

January 16, 2014  07:56 AM ET
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As in...right now?

Ya beat me to it...Even small minds can think alike.

January 16, 2014  08:02 AM ET
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As in...right now?

Should've been a year or two ago.

January 16, 2014  08:04 AM ET
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Should've been a year or two ago.

Yup... He gets beat a WHOLE easier now.

He and Ed Reed should leave together and show up at Canton together.

January 16, 2014  08:06 AM ET
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Yup... He gets beat a WHOLE easier now. He and Ed Reed should leave together and show up at Canton together.

Ed Reed.... I bet he plays again this season.

January 16, 2014  08:09 AM ET
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Ed Reed.... I bet he plays again this season.

You can't play riding in a golf cart though.

January 16, 2014  08:14 AM ET

Pay him a fat bonus to retire early.

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January 16, 2014  08:27 AM ET

Since I'm a Bengal fan I hope he sticks around a few more yrs. he's just one more guy on the field you don't have to worry about since he has lost some speed and moblity.

But honestly he has been fighting injurys the last couple of yrs. and he should just retire while he's got his health and get ready to go to Canton in a few yrs.

He was a great one in his prime even tho he was a Steeler.

January 16, 2014  08:28 AM ET
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How bout 3 or 4 years ago before he turned into a walking advertisement for Jenny Craig?

Thought that was Head and Shoulders ?

January 16, 2014  08:34 AM ET
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A "fat bonus"? Is there a subliminal message in there?

Ha!

January 16, 2014  08:35 AM ET
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Pay him a fat bonus to retire early.

Or release him.

January 16, 2014  08:41 AM ET

Methins this is telegraphing to him to consider retiring soon if he still wants good treatment from the team. If not, it's going to go downhill fast for him. Boxer the Horse in Orwell's Animal Farm comes to mind here.

January 16, 2014  08:59 AM ET
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Yup... He gets beat a WHOLE easier now. He and Ed Reed should leave together and show up at Canton together.

By getting dropped by the Texans, I think Ed had the message delivered much more forcefully this year that the game has passed him by. Pittsburgh is trying the kinder, gentler method of just dropping hints. We'll see if either method works.

January 16, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Obviously most of you don't actually watch Steeler games and your opinions have been provided by talking heads on a 4 letter network that don't watch games either. Allow me to educate you. Polamalu's game was never roving in the secondary waiting for an errant pass to pick like Ed Reed, Polamalu's game was at the line freelancing, causing havoc, forcing fumbles. Which he did this year all the way to the pro bowl.

January 16, 2014  09:15 AM ET

Polamalu should retire now if he wants to leave the game while he's still consider in fairly high regard.

I'm not sure what Ed's motivations are. His play has obviously regressed, but he's got an ego, so likely he thinks he's better on the field than he really is. Also he probably felt spurned by the Ravens' offer after the Super Bowl season. Ed always talks crazy in the offseason and talks about retiring. He really needs to do that.

January 16, 2014  09:15 AM ET
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Polamalu's game was never roving in the secondary waiting for an errant pass to pick like Ed Reed, Polamalu's game was at the line freelancing, causing havoc, forcing fumbles. Which he did this year all the way to the pro bowl.

Yes, because we all know that Pro Bowl nominations are always the players who perform the best, and not a popularity contest.

 
January 16, 2014  09:21 AM ET
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Obviously most of you don't actually watch Steeler games and your opinions have been provided by talking heads on a 4 letter network that don't watch games either. Allow me to educate you. Polamalu's game was never roving in the secondary waiting for an errant pass to pick like Ed Reed, Polamalu's game was at the line freelancing, causing havoc, forcing fumbles. Which he did this year all the way to the pro bowl.

You're absolutely right. The Steelers should keep that defense intact for the next 5 years.

Signed,
The Rest of the AFC North

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