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Art Rooney wants Troy Polamalu to retire a Steeler

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu

Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) looks on from the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has a contract with the team through the end of next season, but if team owner Art Rooney II gets his way, the hirsute safety will be with the team for a long time after that.

Rooney told Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he wants Polamalu to retire as a Steeler:

“How we structure or restructure (Polamalu’s contract) is something we will look at in the next few months. 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.”

During his time in Pittsburgh Polamalu has racked up a number of awards, including eight Pro Bowl selections and five All Pro selections – as well as playing a key role in two Super Bowl triumphs for the black and gold.

His willingness to renegotiate his contract could be key to Polamalu’s future with the team, since he is one of a number of ageing Steelers who have large cap hits but haven’t been delivering

Topics: Pittsburgh Steelers, Troy Polamalu

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