Is Troy Polamalu next to be paid in Pittsburgh?

Now that LaMarr Woodley has been to the bank with a lucrative contract extension from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Troy Polamalu should be next.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the club will make the star safety its next target as he’s entering the final season of a $33 million, five-year contract. At 30, and considering Polamalu’s durability, it will be interesting to see what kind of number the Steelers come up with after the blockbuster deal San Diego’s Eric Weddle received made safeties smile everywhere.

"My only comment is, because I know things can really get misconstrued a lot, is that everything regarding our contract talks will stay between the Rooneys and my agent," Polamalu said. "Other than that, I would love to retire a Pittsburgh Steeler."

He said he’d like his next contract to be his final one, but of course for that to be the case he’ll probably want another five-year deal.

One thing the Steelers have always done a good job of is deciding when to let marquee players walk away. Joey Porter and Alan Faneca come to mind right away. We’re not suggesting the club will not be motivated to extend Polamalu at all because the team always seems to have a good handle on what to do with its own veterans.

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