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Steelers make Polamalu highest paid safety

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Steelers lock up Polamalu through 2011 season
    By John Clayton

    ESPN.com
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    Updated: July 23, 2007, 4:28 PM ET
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    The Pittsburgh Steelers, the first NFL team to sign all of its rookies, opened training camp with a bang Monday by reaching a four-year contract extension with safety Troy Polamalu.



    Polamalu

    Polamalu became the league's highest-paid safety by agreeing to a deal that will pay him $33 million through the 2011 season, which will allow the 26-year-old to be in line for another long-term contract in his early 30s.


    Polamalu was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2007 season. He will receive $15.375 million in both guarantees and roster bonuses.

    With Polamalu slated to make around $2.85 million this season, the extension will net him slightly more than $30 million over the ensuing four years. From the Steelers' standpoint, they will keep one of the best safeties and one of the best playmakers in the league under contract for $6.6 million until 2011.

    Re-signing Polamalu was one of the keys to the season. The fifth-year safety is ranked among the best at his position in football for range and play-making ability. In four seasons, he has 301 tackles and 10 interceptions, but few safeties do what Polamalu can do.

    He's a tireless runner. Often, Polamalu will run from his position to the line of scrimmage and then run all the way back to his safety spot to confuse quarterbacks. When the ball is in the air, few safeties can move as quickly as Polamalu to be in position to make a play.


    Polamalu, a first-round pick of the Steelers in 2003 out of USC, has missed only three games (all in 2006) in four seasons. As a rookie, he quickly established himself as one of the best defensive players in the league.


    With Polamalu signed, the Steelers still have to decide what to do with linebacker Clark Haggans, right tackle Max Starks, guard Kendall Simmons and fullback Dan Kreider starters whose contracts expire at the end of the season. Pittsburgh already has determined it will lose guard Alan Faneca, a Pro Bowl player waiting to cash in on a $7 million-a-year contract. Faneca is a free agent after this season.

    Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2946532
  2. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Well deserved, as this little dude can flat out ball
  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Roy has already gotten an extension right?
  4. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Yep, he's now #3 on the list...money-wise I believe.

    Polamalu
    Ed Reed
    Roy Smith
    Deon Grant
  5. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Victimized last year. Should of kept Hope IMO. Look at him now in Tennessee.
  6. ManicDepressiveMan

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    Well deserved for Polamalu, unlike our stiff at safety.
  7. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Whew!!!!!!!!! Unless he decides he needs a raise.
  8. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    Bolded for sheer ***ness.
  9. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Roy Smith is the decorated leader of our fine secondary.
  10. DallasDomination

    DallasDomination Well-Known Member

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    Roy Williams needs to lose some weight...Fatso
  11. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    You two should post more.
  12. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    U guys...

    I deserve a little leeway... I'm working. :banghead:
  13. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    A wise man once said "Girls do not know football like men do!"
  14. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Don't forget what another wise man said (or asked)...

    "Is dog fighting a black thing?"

    I wish I bookmarked that quote. It just confirmed what I expected, really.
  15. CalCBFan

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    Could you explain this post? Who was victimized? Who lost hope? Is Hope a player that went to TN? If so, where from?...
  16. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Polamalu gave up some big plays last year. I'm referring to Chris Hope, the former Steeler, who I thought was very underrated. And yes he went to the Titans and had a steller year. He should of made the pro bowl.

    What I'm trying to say is the Steeler's lose Chris Hope and Polamalu has a down year.
  17. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    Put me in the camp that says Polamalu is over-rated. Yeah, he is a good player, but he is not the best Safety in the league, IMO.
    He whiffs on tackles all the time. He is good at getting around the ball, but not the best at closing the deal - at least in the few Steeler games I watched in the past couple of years.
  18. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    We have a winner! He shouldn't be "highest paid" anyway! He's good but not Ed Reed. :starspin
  19. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    That wise man is prolly a short-timer...
  20. ThreeSportStar80

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    :laugh2: Ms. Mod made an honest mistake I'm sure... I can't believe he's the highest paid safety now.

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