SS Troy Polamalu agreed to a new contract with the Steelers on Saturday, likely keeping one of the league's premier defenders in Pittsburgh for the remainder of his career. Terms of the deal have not been announced.
Polamalu signed the new deal at Pittsburgh International Airport, just before the team was set to fly to Baltimore to open the 2011 season against the division-rival Ravens. The team tweeted out a photo of the safety signing his deal, while Polamalu wrote on his account that he was "happy to say that I will retire a Pittsburgh Steeler!"
The 30-year-old safety was set to be a free agent next offseason, but that will no longer happen. Instead, he stays in Pittsburgh, where he has been an elite player ever since being drafted by the team in 2003. He has been named a Pro Bowler six times, and last year he was named The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year after recording 63 tackles and seven interceptions.
The way we see it
This is great news for both Polamalu and the Steelers. Obviously both parties wanted a deal to get done, and this eliminates a distraction that could have overshadowed the season. With Polamalu joining LBs LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons as defenders signing long-term contracts this offseason, the Steelers' "D" is set up to be dominant for the foreseeable future.