Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) calls out a pass coverage scheme during the third quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Big 2013 season helped Pittsburgh Steelers bring back Troy Polamalu

On Wednesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they had signed veteran safety Troy Polamalu to a new three-year contract that will carry him through 2016, much to the obvious delight of Steelers fans everywhere. However, had it not been for a big 2013 season, this may have never happened according to Ian Rapoport of

Indeed, Polamalu did have a big 2013 regular season. After the Steelers got off to one of the worst starts in the league, the safety played a huge part on the defensive side of the ball in almost getting the team to the postseason. When it was all said and done, the former USC star finished with 69 total tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Going forward, the Steelers need playmakers on both sides of the ball, and Polamalu showed in 2013 that he is still one of the best–if not the best–the team has on the roster.

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